Núria Rodríguez-Planas is currently Associate Professor (with tenure) at City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College, and doctoral faculty of The Graduate School and University Center’s Ph.D. Program in Economics, City University of New York (CUNY), New York. Prior to moving to New York, she was Visiting Research Fellow at IZA in Bonn from 2012 to 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra from 2012 to 2013, Assistant Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from 2004 to 2012, and Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics from 2007 to 2012. She has also held positions in Washington DC as an Economist at Mathematica Policy Research from 2000 to 2004, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1998 to 2000, and the Brookings Institution from 1997 to 1998. She received her Ph.D. in Economics in 1999 from Boston University.

Her research interests include: Labor Economics, Education Economics, Cultural Economics, Economics of Gender, Family Economics, and Immigration Economics.

She has published in the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Population Economics, and Labour Economics, among other journals. Much of her work has been written about in The Wilson Quarterly, The New York Times, El País, El Economista, and La Vanguardia.

She joined IZA as Research Fellow in January 2004. And is managing editor of the IZA Journal of Labor Policy since its beginning in 2012.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11316

Using a nationally representative sample of 12,344 immigrants from 41 different countries of ancestry living in Spain in 2007, we find that the higher the housing-loan penetration in the country of ancestry, the higher the likelihood of having a mortgage in Spain. Similarly, the higher the mortgage depth in the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10748
Rafael de Balanzó, Núria Rodríguez-Planas

We use the adaptive cycle theory to improve our understanding of cycles of urban change in the city of Barcelona from 1953 to present. Most specifically, we explore the vulnerabilities and windows of opportunity these cycles for change introduced in the release (Ω) and reorganization (α) phases. In the two...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10625
forthcoming in: Economics of Education Review

Using PISA test scores from 11,527 second-generation immigrants coming from 35 different countries of ancestry and living in 9 host countries, we find that the positive effects of country-of-ancestry gender social norms on girls' math test scores relative to those of boys: (1) expand to other subjects (namely reading and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10597
forthcoming in: Industrial Labor Relations Review

This paper analyzes the effects of entry labor-market conditions on workers' career in Spain, a country well known for its highly segmented labor market and rigid labor-market institutions. In contrast with more flexible labor markets, we find that the annual earnings losses of individuals without a university degree are greater...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10134

This paper is the first to provide evidence that cultural attitudes towards gender equality affect behaviors with potentially devastating health consequences, and that they do so differently for male and female teenagers. In particular, we show that descending from more gender-equal societies makes girls relatively more prone to smoke than...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10044

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, the Spanish government reduced the replacement rate (RR) from 60% to 50% after 180 days of unemployment for all spells beginning on July 15, 2012. Using Social Security data and a Differences-in-Differences approach, we find that reducing the RR by 10 percentage points...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9490
forthcoming: Journal of Applied Statistics

We show that the OLS and fixed-effects (FE) estimators of the popular difference-in-differences model may deviate when there is time varying panel non-response. If such non-response does not affect the common-trend assumption, then OLS and FE are consistent, but OLS is more precise. However, if non-response is affecting the common-trend...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9433
published in: Economics Letters, 2016, 139, 52-56

This paper is the first to estimate a causal effect of immigrant students' reading performance on their math performance. To overcome endogeneity issues due to unobserved ability, we apply an IV approach exploiting variation in age-at-arrival and the linguistic distance between origin and destination country languages. Using four PISA waves,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8379
substantially revised version forthcoming in: American Economic Review, May 2016

This paper explores the role of cultural attitudes towards women in determining math educational gender gaps using the epidemiological approach. To identify whether culture matters, we estimate whether the math gender gap for each immigrant group living in a particular host country (and exposed to the same host country's laws...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8091
forthcoming in: M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann (eds.): Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, 2016

This paper investigates the labour market and welfare changes experienced by enlarged-EU migrants before and after 2007. For this purpose, we briefly review the Spanish socio-economic institutional background, as well as its migration policy towards enlarged-EU citizens. Then we discuss the importance of inflows and stocks of enlarged-EU migrants in...