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Andres Ham-Gonzalez

PhD Student
Labor and Development Economics
Phone: +1 (540) 319-1961

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  • B.A. (Economics), National Autonomous University of Honduras, Honduras, 2006
  • M.A. (Economics), National University of La Plata, Argentina, 2009
  • Ph.D. (Agricultural and Applied Economics), University of illinois, expected May 2017

Teaching Experience

  • 2014 - , Head Teaching Assistant, Microeconomic Principles (undergraduate), University of Illinois
  • 2012 - 2014, Teaching Assistant, Microeconomic Principles (undergraduate), University of Illinois
  • 2009 - 2011, Teaching Assistant, Labor Economics (graduate), National University of La Plata
  • 2009, Guest Lecturer, Topics in Poverty (graduate), National University of La Plata

Research Statement

I am an applied economist with specific interests in labor and development economics. The broad
theme of my research is understanding how institutions and public policies affect educational
and labor market decisions in developing countries. My dissertation studies the effects of minimum
wage increases on labor market outcomes and poverty, analyzes whether information on
the net benefits of higher education motivates college enrollment, and examines the robustness of
difference-in-difference estimators in the presence of spatial correlation. (More)


  • 2015, "Minimum Wage Violations in Honduras", IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 4(1):1-19.
  • 2014, "The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Educational Inequality of Opportunity", Latin American Research Review, 49(3):153-175. 
  • 2012, "Assessing the Predictive Power of Vulnerability Measures; Evidence from Panel Data for Argentina and Chile" with Marcelo Bergolo and Guillermo Cruces, Journal of Income Distribution, 21(1): 28-64.
  • 2010, "The Many Faces of Poverty: Quantifying the Deprivation Costs of the 2001-2002 Crisis in Argentina" with Adriana Conconi, Economica, LVI: 39-77. 

Thesis Information

Advisor: Professors Mary Arends-Kuenning and Kathy Baylis