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Jorge M. Aguero

Jorge M. Aguero

Assistant Professor

4108 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-4108

Research Areas

  • Development Economics, Labor Economics


  • Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison, Agricultural and Applied Economics, 2006.
  • M.Sc. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Economics, 2000.
  • B.A. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Economics, 1996.


Professor Agüero received his B.A. in economics from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica (Peru), a Masters in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain) and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His main areas of research are development and labor economics. His recent work focuses on testing theories of discrimination and the evaluation of cash transfer programs in South Africa. Jorge takes an innovative approach to policies that could help break the intergenerational transmission of poverty. He is particularly interested in two key areas leading to poverty persistence: discrimination and the lack of accumulation of human capital.


Agüero, Jorge and Mindy Marks, (forthcoming, 2011) “Motherhood and Female Labor Supply in Developing Countries” Journal of Human Resources.

Agüero, Jorge and Martín Valdivia (2010) “The Permanent Effects of Recessions on Child Health: Evidence from Peru” Revista de Estudios Económicos del Colegio de México.25(1): 247-274

Agüero, Jorge and Mindy Marks, (2008) “Motherhood and Female labor Force Participation. Evidence from Fertility Shocks”, American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings 98(2): 500-504.

Carter, Michael; Julian May; Jorge Agüero and Sonya Ravindranath (2007) “The Economic Impact of Severe Illness and Prime Age Mortality: Evidence from Panel Data from South Africa.” AIDS, 21(suppl. 7): S67-S73.

Agüero, Jorge; Michael Carter and Julian May (2007) “Poverty and Inequality in the First Decade of Democracy: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal.” Journal of African Economies, 16(5):782–812. 

May, Julian; Jorge Agüero; Michael Carter and Ian Timaeus (2007) “The KwaZulu-Natal Income Dynamics Study (KIDS) 3rd Wave: Methodology, First Findings and an Agenda for Future Research,” Development Southern Africa, 24(5):629-648, December.

Agüero, Jorge and Brian Gould (2003) “Household Composition and Brazilian Food Purchases: An Expenditure System Approach” Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 51:323-345.


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