My work aims to be policy-oriented, focusing on analyzing the roots of specific economic problems and assessing  the merits of the alternative policy instruments available to tackle them.  For that purpose, I have collaborated with several institutions in the past, including  the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the Bank of Spain, FEDEA and the Spanish Women Institute.

Below are some of the main projects that I have worked on.

Gender Inequality in Spain

 

The project

The aim of this project, funded by the Spanish Women Institute and co-authored with Ignacio Conde Ruiz , is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the male-female differentials in Spain in terms of labor force participation, working conditions and professional development in order to identify the major obstacles in achieving gender inequality in the labor market.

What do we find?

Despite the great progress that has been made in the last two decades, which has brought Spain on a par with other European countries in many dimensions, the gender gap is still large in a wide number of areas such as gender pay gap, temporality, undesired part-time work and over-qualification. Women are highly under-represented in positions of power and authority in both public and private organizations and there is a high level of occupational and sectorial segregation.

The uneven distribution of tasks at the household level is one of the most important factors behind gender inequality in the labor market, one that is likely further hindering the participation of women in the labor market and contributing to widening the gender gap in many other dimensions.

We discuss the merits of potential gender policy measures such as free childcare services, alternative parental leave systems, flexible work arrangements and gender quotas.

Read more:

Gender Wage Gaps in Spain (with Brindusa Anghel and Ignacio Conde Ruiz – in Spanish). Review of Public Economics / Hacienda Pública Española, 2019.

Gender Gaps in the Spanish Labor Market (with Ignacio Conde Ruiz). FEDEA Studies on the Spanish Economy, 2016/32.