Coral Gonzalez

PhD Job Market Candidate

My main field of interest is development economics, with a focus on the effects of violence, role of gender, and health care decisions.

My job market paper studies the impact of violence exposure on social behavior, in an experimental setting.

I will be available for interviews at the 2020 AEA/ASSA meetings in San Diego. I expect to graduate in 2020.

Job Market Paper

Drug War Violence and Behavior: A Field Experiment in Mexico [PDF]

The fighting of the Mexican government against drug trafficking organizations has implied a 130,000+ death toll, and almost 2 million displaced people. Drastic changes in Mexicans’ lives are part of the large unaccounted collateral damage. These changes go from the way institutions work, and businesses are born; to the way people make decisions, and relationships. This paper studies the effects on pro- and anti-social attitudes of the sharp increase in violence experienced in Mexico after 2006, arisen from the governmental strategy known as the “Drug War”. This is done through an experimental approach with Mexican undergraduate students. The results show a strong effect of having been exposed to a Drug War-related incident on several behavioral measures. In particular, experience-type specific results are found for the different levels of violence exposure. Interestingly, differential gender effects triggered by individual’s exposure to Drug War-related violence are also found. Women with Drug War-related violence experience appear to have two different behaviors; depending on which type of violence experience they had; one where they become community builders and show solidarity, and the other one where they develop a lot of fear and feelings of vulnerability. These results shed some light on the public policy strategies that can be used to begin to overcome the already negative lasting effects of the Drug War.

Work in progress

Gender and Academia in Mexico [PDF]

This paper analyses whether the gender composition of decision-making boards affects promotion decisions for either men or women; exploiting a unique dataset for a context in which a group of peers makes all promotion decisions for all academic institutions, and where there is female under-representation in Mexican Academia present across different fields. The empirical analysis examines the probability of promotion of each researcher enrolled in the National System of Researchers in relation to the committee gender composition, exploiting the random assignment of evaluators. The results presented show that women in decision-making committees are not significantly favoring the probability of promotion for women, regardless of the promotion level. However, having a gender mixed committee, does favor the probability of promotion for all researchers being promoted to the highest level, Level 3. What is most interesting is that the lower probability of promotion faced by women when there is an all male-committee, only appears in the highest two levels; this is important because it can contribute to the female under-representation in the top ranks.

Violence and Preventive Health Care in Mexico

Teaching Assistant at UBC

  • Econ 255 – Understanding Globalization (Spring 2016)
  • Econ 301 – Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis I (Winter 2012, 2013)
  • Econ 303 – Intermediate Microeconomics II (Spring 2013)
  • Econ 310 –  Principles of Microeconomics (Winter 2011)
  • Econ 351 – Women in the Economy (Winter 2015)
  • Econ 441 – The Process of Economic Development (Winter 2015)

ITAM, Mexico City

Member of the Junior Faculty (2009)