Focus areas: Economics of education, competition between schools and universities, formation of reputations of quality in schools and universities, selection of educational providers by parents and students and the consequences of such choices on sorting and labor market outcomes

Miguel Urquiola is professor and chair of the Department of Economics, Columbia University. He is also a member of the faculty of the School of International and Public Affairs, and of the Columbia Committee on the Economics of Education.

Outside Columbia, Urquiola is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and has held prior appointments at Cornell University’s Economics Department, the World Bank’s research department, the Bolivian Catholic University, and the Bolivian government. He is on the editorial board of the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and was previously co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources.

His research is on the Economics of Education, with a focus on understanding how schools and universities compete, and how they form reputations for quality. It covers how students select educational providers, and the consequences such choices have on academic performance and labor market outcomes.

Research & Publications

July 2017|American Economics Journal: Applied Economics|Bentley MacLeod, Miguel Urquiola, Evan Riehl, Juan Saavedrea
June 2017|Journal of Economic Literature|Miguel Urquiola, Dennis Epple, Richard E. Romano
April 2016|Handbook of the Economics of Education|Miguel Urquiola
October 2009|American Economic Review|Miguel Urquiola, Eric Verhoogen