Marian Vidal-Fernandez

Welcome to my website! I am a PhD graduate from Boston University and I am currently a lecturer (US assistant professor) at the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales and an IZA and an Early Life Course Centre Research Fellow. I use applied micro-econometrics to study how policy-relevant issues in labor, education, and health affect Human Capital. I welcome any comments, suggestions, and media inquiries.

I am moving to the University of Sydney on July 27th, 2015. My new site is

Recent Papers

The Early Origins of Birth Order Differences in Children's Outcomes and Parental Behaviour, 2014. (w. Jee K. Lehmann and Ana. Nuevo-Chiquero). Early Career Researcher Award prize, AHES. R&R at the Journal of Human Resources.

Do Personality Traits affect Productivity? Evidence from the Lab, 2015. (w. Maria Cubel, Santiago Sanchez-Pages and Ana Nuevo-Chiquero). R&R at The Economic Journal.

Dynamic and Heterogeneous Effects of Sibling Death on Children's Outcomes (w. Jason Fletcher and Barbara Wolfe), 2015. Submitted.

No Pass, No Drive: Education and Allocation of Time (w. Rashmi Barua), 2014. Journal of Human Capital, 8 (4): 399-431.

Grandparents' Childcare and Female Labor Force Participation (w. Josefina Posadas), 2013. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2 (14): 1-20.

The Effect of Minimum Academic Requirements on High School Graduation, 2011, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 11 (1), Article 51: 1-21.

In the Media

On the Birth Order Effect in Nada es Gratis (Spanish)

Daily Mail, and The Conversation (re-published by SBS and with more than 100k readers) on Big Five and Productivity.

No Pass, No Drive: Featured at Forbes Blog, in the Senate's Committee of Education of Nevada, and at a Dutch Policy Blog.

Grandparent's: Featured at the Huffington Post.

On the effect of maternal employment on children in a Spanish Newspaper (La Vanguardia).



Complete CV in PDF

My Google Scholar

UNSW School of Business, Kensington,Sydney, 2052
T. +61 9385 3319
E-mail: m.vidal-fernandez at



IZA Newsroom
Cheap Talk
Nada es gratis (Spanish)
Project Syndicate
VOX (Europe)



Teaching Statistics

Great simulations of CLT and Confidence Intervals:

Maths in movies:
Other videos seen in class:
Rain Man Qantas Never Crashed
My cousin Vinny
On Moneyball
Polio and ice-cream
Announcement of the Sydney Olympics

About Guiness and the T-distribution

The Central Limit Theorem






Judo around the world:

Gym Valles (Cerdanyola)
Tohoku (Boston)
UNSW (Sydney)
Warwick and Coventry

My thoughest opponent

NGO's run by great people:
ANKAY (Education for disadvantaged teens in Peru)
BDMHDOW (Shelter for old women and free clinic in Guwahati, India)