Mabel Andalón received her PhD in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University in 2010. She was appointed as a Research Fellow in the Economics Department at the University of Melbourne in October 2009. She is also a member of the Asian Economic Centre at the University of Melbourne. Mabel has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations Development Programme.

Her research interests lie at the intersection of health, development and labor economics. She is currently looking at the effects of unhealthy behaviors on labor outcomes, the impact of internal migration on health indicators of those left behind, and the effect of education policies on child labour and adult labour outcomes in developing countries.

She joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in April 2009 and became a Research Fellow in January 2013.

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IZA Discussion Paper No. 10765

Mexico's 'soda tax' has been predicted to reduce average weights by two to four pounds, based on extant estimates of an own-price elasticity of quantity demand for soda of between −1.0 and −1.3. These estimates ignore consumer responses on the quality margin and correlated measurement errors. We use Mexican household...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7900

Large differences in fertility between women with high and low levels of education suggest that schooling may have a direct impact on knowledge and use of contraception. We investigate this issue using information on women in Mexico. In order to identify the causal effect of schooling, we exploit temporal and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5483
published in: Agnes Soucat and Richard Sheffler (eds.): The Labor Market for Health Workers in Africa: A New Look at the Crisis, The World Bank, 2013, 33-48

This paper adopts a labor market economics perspective to understanding the crisis of health care professionals in Africa. Five challenges resulting from this crisis are identified: a production challenge, an underutilization challenge, a distributional challenge, a performance challenge, and a financing challenge. Differences between the labor market approach and others...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3390
published in: Ravi Kanbur and Jan Svejnar (eds.): Labour Markets and Economic Development, Routledge, 2009

This paper examines the performance of minimum wage legislation in Kenya, both in terms of its coverage and enforcement as well as in terms of their implications for wages and employment. Our findings based on the 1998/99 labor force data – the last labor force survey available – indicate that...

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