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Jorge Luis García

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

    The University of Chicago 2018

    The University of Chicago 2012

    CIDE 2010

Courses Taught

  • Economics 900-04: Econ PhD Causal Inference 1
  • Economics 900-05: Econ PhD Causal Inference 2


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. In one of my most recent projects, I am a principal investigator in a randomized trial of guaranteed basic income targeted to poor individuals living in rural and semi-rural areas of South Carolina. 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 illustrated in the figure below 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

  • The Dynastic Benefits of Early Childhood Education: Participant Benefits and Family Spillovers (with Frederik H. Bennhoff and Duncan Ermini Leaf). 2023. Accepted for publication at the Journal of Human Capital.
  • The Lasting Effects of Early Childhood Education on Promoting the Skills and Social Mobility of Disadvantaged African Americans and their Children (with James J. Heckman and Victor Ronda). 2023. Journal of Political Economy. 131:6.
  • Parenting Promotes Social Mobility Within and Across Generations (with James J. Heckman). 2023. Annual Review of Economics. 15:1.
  • Three Criteria for Evaluating Social Programs (with James J. Heckman). 2022. Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis. 13:3.
  • Pricing Children, Curbing Daughters: Fertility and the Sex Ratio During China’s One-Child Policy. 2022. Forthcoming in 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.
  • Social Policy: Targeting Programmes Effectively (with James J. Heckman). 2017. Nature Human Behavior. 1:0019.
  • Early Childhood Education (with Sneha Elango, James J. Heckman, and Andrés Hojman). 2016. Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume II. The University of Chicago Press, edited by Robert Moffitt.
  • 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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