Benjamin

I am currently Assistant Professor 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.

 

 

Publications:

Opening the Black Box of Social Capital Formation (joint with P. Valdivieso, Universidad de Los Lagos)  American Political Science Review, 108(1), pp 121-143, February 2014. Working paper version here. Online Appendix here.

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) [Accepted at the Economic Journal ]. Online Appendix here.

Research Papers:

Macroeconomics / Labor Markets:

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]

 

Teaching:

Macroeconomics (IN4203) : intermediate course at undergraduate level, for Industrial Engineering major, covering product determination, labor markets, international macroeconomics, and growth

Statistics for Economics and Management (IN4402): Undergraduate course covering linear regression, basic time series analysis, endogeneity, identification, and limited-dependent variable models.

Macroeconomics II (IN759): Master level course that covers growth, business cycles, capital markets, and money.

Labor Macroeconomics (IN7E1): Joint with Alexandre Janiak. Half-semester master-level course covering labor search models, including wage dispersion, on-the-job search, and efficiency.

Theory of Public Finance (IN7E2): Half-semester master-level course covering applications of dynamic contracts to public finance issues such us optimal unemployment insurance and optimal taxation.

 

Workshop in Political Economy and Political Science, 15-16th Dec 2014. Website here.
CEA workshop on Market imperfections and the macroeconomy, 7-8th May 2014. Website here.

Workshops

Workshop in Political Economy and Political Science, 15-16th Dec 2014. Website here.


CEA workshop on Market imperfections and the macroeconomy, 7-8th May 2014. Website here.

 

External links

My profiles in Google Scholar (here), RePeC (here), and SSRN (here)