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.

I am currently visiting the University of Warwick during sabbatical leave (until February, 2015). My current address is Room 2.137, Department of Economics, the University of Warwick, CV4 7AL, Coventry, U.K. Keep e-mailing me at m.vidal-fernandez at


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

Activity-Based Payments and Reforms of the English Hospital Payment System, 2007. w. Randall P. Ellis). Health Economics, Policy and Law, 2 (4): 435-444.

Working 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.

Dynamic and Heterogeneous Effects of Sibling Death on Children's Outcomes (w. Jason Fletcher and Barbara Wolfe), 2014. Submitted.

Do Personality Traits affect Productivity? Evidence from the Lab, 2014. (w. Maria Cubel, Santiago Sanchez-Pages and Ana Nuevo-Chiquero). Submitted.

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

In the Media

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)






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)