Nicolas Salamanca joined the Melbourne Institute as a Research fellow in August 2014 and is part of the Economic and Social Disadvantage Program.

He completed his PhD in Economics at Maastricht University, focusing on the measurement of economic preferences and their impact on household portfolio choice. Before joining the Melbourne Institute, he worked at the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) of Maastricht University, first a research assistant under the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) program, and then during his PhD as a part of their contract research team.

Nicolas’ current research topics include economic preferences, socioeconomic disadvantage, discrimination, household portfolio choice, background risk, and retirement decisions. His main research interests are household decision-making, behavioral economics, labor economics, and applied microeconometrics.

Nicolas joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2016.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 13077
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12491
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2019, 73, Article 101912
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11975
published in: Journal of Human Resources, 2020, (55)3.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10407
revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 177, 548-568
IZA Discussion Paper No. 10291
published in: BE Journal of Theoretical Economics, 2017, 17(1)
IZA Discussion Paper No. 9686
published in: Journal of Population Economics, First Online: 17 May 2018 (
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