Luis Diaz-Serrano is full professor in Economics at the Rovira i Virgili University. He received his BA in both Statistics and Market Research from the University of Barcelona (1993, 1995), and his MSc in Quantitative and Regional Economics from the University of Barcelona (1997). He completed his PhD in Economics (2001) at the Rovira i Virgili University. His research interests focus on labour economics, behavioral economics, housing economics, health economics, immigration economics and applied microeconometrics.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2004.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10700

Eliciting expectation and introducing probabilistic questions into surveys have gained important interest. In this study, we focus on the reliability of students’ earnings expectations. To what extent is observed log earnings expectations affected by random measurement error (noise)? A test-retest method is applied and reliability is found to be fairly...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10338
Luis Diaz-Serrano, Frank Gyimah Sackey

Africa's quest to achieving improved health status and meeting the Millennium Development Goals targets cannot be effectively achieved without examining the quality of leadership, transitions and regimes and how they impact on the decisions and the policy effectiveness that bring about improved health and living standards of the citizenry. In...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10323
Luis Diaz-Serrano, Frank Gyimah Sackey

The study aims at testing the Ghana Microfinance Policy set up to support the vulnerable through access to credit. We resort to the Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition to determine if there is positive discrimination in favor of women and young entrepreneurs in the rationing behavior of the microfinance companies. This is what...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9044
published in: Economics of Education Review, 2016, 53, 133-142.

The recognition of homosexual rights is a controversial issue in many countries. Spain was the third country in the world (after Netherlands and Belgium) to introduce a law recognizing homosexual marriage and adoption of children. In this paper, we examine for the first time whether schools are more hesitant to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9008

During the last two decades, skill mismatches have become one of the most important issues of policy concern in the EU (European Commission, 2008). Hence, the literature has stressed the necessity to reduce skill mismatches. We contribute to this literature by analyzing the impact of the transition from salaried employment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8999
Luis Diaz-Serrano, Frank Gyimah Sackey

This study sets out to examine the extent to which access to credit and credit rationing are influenced by the microfinance type based on the major factors determining micro, small and medium enterprises' access to credit from microfinance institutions in the era of financial liberalization. The data for the study...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8110
published in: De Economist, 2015, 163, 125-153

While uncertainty abounds in almost any decision on investment in schooling, it is mostly ignored in research and virtually absent in labour economics text books. This paper documents the scope for risk, discusses the tough disentanglement of heterogeneity and risk, surveys the analytical models, laments the absence of a good...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7793

Using panel data for non-OECD countries covering the period 1970-2012, this paper analyzes the impact of the duration of primary education on school enrollment, drop-outs and completion rates. The empirical results show that for children in elementary school one additional grade of primary education has a negative impact on enrollment...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7661

This paper looks at the contribution of political leaders to enhance citizens' education and investigate how the educational attainment of the population is affected while a leader with higher education remains in office. For this purpose, we consider educational transitions of political leaders in office and find that the educational...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6722

The low quality of education is a persistent problem in many developed countries. Parallel to in the last decades exists a tendency towards decentralization in many developed and developing countries. Using micro data from the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) referred to 22 countries, we test whether there exists...

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