Welcome to this website
I am currently a Researcher at the Center for Applied Economics, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Chile.
Contact: benjamin (at) benjaminvillena.com
My current research interests are Macroeconomics, Labor Economics, and Political Economy.
Here you can find my C.V.
Opening the Black Box of Social Capital Formation (joint with P. Valdivieso, Universidad de Los Lagos) [forthcoming American Political Science Review, February 2014]. Online Appendix here.
Macroeconomics / Labor Markets:
Unemployment, Participation, and Worker Flows over the Life Cycle (joint with S. Choi, UA Barcelona; and A.Janiak, Center for Applied Economics, U of Chile) [Revise & Resubmit] [Online Appendix] (Updated version!)
Aggregate Implications of Employer Search and Recruiting Selection (CEA WP 272, Revise & Resubmit)
Wage Dispersion and Recruiting Selection (CEA WP 271)
Hiring Selectivity and Business Cycle Dynamics in the Labor Market [work in progress]
Self-Employment and Market-Tightness in Chile [work in progress]
Job Destruction, Investment, and Labor Market Composition (with Carlos Lizama) [work in progress]
Children / Family Economics:
Causal Effects of Maternal Time-Investments on Children's Cognitive Outcomes (joint with C. Ríos-Aguilar, Claremont Graduate University) (CEA WP 285) [Online Appendix here] [Submitted]
Does Maternal Time Affect Children's Behavior? A Generalized Family Value-Added Approach [work in progress]
Political Economy / Political Science:
Participation in Organizations, Trust, and Social Capital Formation: Evidence from Chile (joint with P. Valdivieso, Universidad de Los Lagos) . Online Appendix here.
A Spatial Model of Voting with Endogenous Proposals: Theory and Evidence from the Chilean Senate (joint with M. Triossi, Center for Applied Economics; and P. Valdivieso, Universidad de Los Lagos) (CEA WP 294) [Online Appendix here]
Macroeconomics (IN4203) : intermediate course at undergraduate level, for Industrial Engineering major.
Macroeconomics II (IN759): Master level course that covers growth, business cycles, capital markets, and money.