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Wilbur O. and Ann Powers College of Business

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Jorge Luis García

Assistant Professor
Powers Emerging Fellow

Office: 309-C Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall
Phone: 864-650-6201
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 Educational Background

  • Ph.D.
    The University of Chicago 2018
  • M.A.
    The University of Chicago 2012
  • B.A.
    CIDE 2010

Courses Taught

  • Economics 900-02: Econ PhD First-Year Econometrics, Part 1
  • Economics 900-03: Econ PhD First-Year Econometrics, Part 2
  • Economics 899-02: Econ PhD Topics of Econometrics


I am an applied micro-economist working at the intersection of labor and development economics. My research investigates early childhood education, fertility, and labor force participation. I study how the market and policy environments of these decisions determine poverty and socio-economic inequality. The subjects of my current projects are poor women and their children, either in the United States or in developing countries. Development economics usually focuses on countries other than the United States. However, a significant fraction of American women and their children live in poverty. Two examples are the following: 1) Arkansas' current maternal mortality rate is virtually identical to that of El Salvador, which is both the smallest country in Central America and one of the most disadvantaged countries in the region; and 2) Mississippi's current infant mortality rate is similar to that of Turkey, another developing country according to several standards. Commonalities in the development of children and the decision-making of poor individuals permit a cohesive agenda, studying individuals who live in different contexts but face similar constraints and scarcities.

Research Interests

  • Labor
  • Development

Research Publications

  • Pricing Children, Curbing Daughters: Fertility and the Sex Ratio During China’s One-Child Policy. 2022. Accepted to the Journal of Human Resources.
  • Early Childhood Education and Life-cycle Health (with James J. Heckman). 2020. Health Economics. 30:S1.
  • Quantifying the Life-cycle Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program (with James J. Heckman, Duncan Ermini Leaf, María José Prados). 2020. Journal of Political Economy. 128:7.
  • Early Childhood Education and Crime (with James J. Heckman and Anna L. Ziff). 2019. Infant Mental Health Journal. 40:1.
  • Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program (with James J. Heckman and Anna L. Ziff). 2018. European Economic Review. 109.
  • The Price of Fringe Benefits when Formal and Informal Labor Markets Coexist (with David Argente). 2015. IZA Journal of Labor Economics. 3:14.
  • Why Do Formal Credit, Informal Credit, and both Types of Credits Coexist as Consumer Choices? (with Víctor Carreón and Sonia Di Giannatale) 2015. Economics Bulletin. 35:1.


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