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Hugo Jales

Hugo Jales

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Hugo Jales

Associate Professor, Economics Department

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


  • 2024 Spring
    • ECN 521 Economic Statistics
  • 2023 Spring
    • ECN 521 Economic Statistics
    • ECN 752 Labor Economics II
  • 2022 Fall
    • ECN 451 Labor Economics
    • ECN 410 Topics in Economic Applications - Applied Policy Evaluation
  • 2022 Spring
    • ECN 521 Economic Statistics
    • ECN 451 Labor Economics

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Vancouver School of Economics, University of British Columbia, 2015


Hugo Jales is an assistant professor of economics at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. Before he began work on a Ph.D., Jales studied economics in Brazil at Fundacao Getulio Vargas and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais.

His main research interests are labor economics and applied econometrics. He is currently investigating the relationship between the minimum wage and unemployment, wage inequality, labor tax revenues and the size of the informal sector. Jales has published papers in journals such as the Journal of Applied Econometrics, World Economy, Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, and others. 

Jales earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Colombia's Vancouver School of Economics in 2015.

Areas of Expertise

Labor economics, econometrics

Selected Publications

  • Journal Articles
    • Borges Jales, H., Flores-Lagunes, A., Wilson, N. and Liu, J., "Moving Policies Toward Racial and Ethnic Inequality: Evidence from the SNAP Program." American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 2023.
    • Borges Jales, H., Jiang, B. and Rosenthal, S., "JUE Insight: Using the mode to test for selection in city size wage premia." Journal of Urban Economics, 2023.
    • Borges Jales, H., Choo, D., "Childbearing and the distribution of the reservation price of fertility: The case of the Korean Baby Bonus program." Journal of Asian Economics, 2021.
    • Borges Jales, H., Firpo, S. and Foguel, M., "Balancing tests in stratified randomized controlled trials: A cautionary note." Economics Letters, 2020.
    • Borges Jales, H., Ma, J. and Yu, Z., "Minimum contrast empirical likelihood inference of discontinuity in density." Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, 2020.
    • Borges Jales, H., "Estimating the effects of minimum wage in a developing country: A density discontinuity design approach." Journal of Applied Econometrics, 2018.
    • Borges Jales, H., Ribeiro, F., Stein, G. and Kang, T., "Measuring the Role of the 1959 Revolution on Cuba’s Economic Performance." World Economy, 2018.

Presentations and Events

Borges Jales, H., Yu, Z., Brazilian Meetings of the Econometric Society (ANPEC-SBE), "Minimum Wage and Informality in a Roy Bargaining Economy: Evidence from a Bunching Estimator" (December, 2023)

Borges Jales, H., Yu, Z., “Labor, Firms, and Macro" online workshop, "Minimum Wage and Informality in a Roy Bargaining Economy: Evidence from a Bunching Estimator" (July, 2023)

Temple University (2022)

Columbia University (2021)

EESP-FGV (2021)

University of Houston (2021)

Society of Labor Economists (2021)

IAB-LASER Virtual Seminar Series on Minimum Wages and Low Wage Policies (2021)

New York Camp Econometrics (2021)

Universidad Catolica del Uruguay (2020)

Universidade Federal de Pelotas (2020)

Anpec-Sul (2020)

Unisinos (2020)

Columbia Business School (2020)

Brazilian Econometric Society (2020)

Economics of Informality conference (2020)

EESP-FGV (2019)

Insper (2019)

Ridge Labor Forum (2019)

Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (2019)

Honors and Accolades

Appleby-Mosher grant (2018)

Emerald Literati Awards - Outstanding author contribution (2018)

Bank of Canada graduate student paper award (2015)

International Association for Applied Econometrics Ph.D. student paper prize (2014)

Four Year Fellowship, UBC (2010 - 2014)