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 Research Fellow. I use applied micro-econometrics to evaluate policy-relevant issues in labor, education, and health. I welcome any comments, suggestions, and media inquiries, just e-mail me at m.vidal-fernandez at

In 2014 I will be visiting Universitat de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Warwick University during sabbatical leave. Keep e-mailing me at

Papers (happy to send most updated version upon request!)

No Pass, No Drive: Education and Allocation of Time (w. R. Barua), 2013. Featured at Forbes Blog, in the Senate's Committee of Education of Nevada, and at a Dutch Policy Blog.

Explaining the Birth Order Effect: The Role of Prenatal and Early Childhood Investments (w. J. K. Lehmann and A. Nuevo-Chiquero), 2013. Early Career Researcher Award prize, AHES, 2012.

Grandparents' Childcare and Female Labor Force Participation (w. J. Posadas), 2013. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2 (14), 1-20 Featured at the Huffington Post.

Dynamic and Heterogeneous Effects of Sibling Death on Children's Outcomes (w. J.Fletcher and B. Wolfe), Revised &Resubmitted at Demography.

The Effect of Minimum Academic Requirements on High School Graduation (2011), The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy.

Intertemporal Substitution or Reference-Dependent Preferences: Evidence from Daily Supply of Southern Indian Fishermen (w. X. Gine and M. Martinez-Bravo), 2010. Best Research Paper, Institute of Economic Development, Boston University, 2009.

Activity-Based Payments and Reforms of the English Hospital Payment System, 2007 Health Economics, Policy and Law. (w. R.P. Ellis).




ASB building,
UNSW Kensington,Sydney, 2052
T. +61 9385 3319
E-mail: m.vidal-fernandez at

CV [pdf]


On the effect of maternal employment on children, La Vanguardia, 2011. (In Spanish)


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:

ARVI (Cerdanyola)
Tohoku (Boston)
UNSW (Sydney)
Warwick and Coventry

My thoughest opponent

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