Marian Vidal-Fernández received her B.A. and Master's degrees from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2005. She obtained her PhD at Boston University May 2010. She is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a Life Course Centre fellow..

Marian's research reflects her general interest in using applied micro-econometrics to study how policy-relevant issues in labor, education, and health affect Human Capital, with a special focus on disadvantaged children.

She joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in March 2010 and became an IZA Research Fellow in January 2013. She is an ARC Life Course Centre Research Fellow since April 2015.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10346

Since the late 1980s, several U.S. states have set minimum academic requirements for high school students to apply for and retain their driving licenses. These laws popularly known as "No Pass No Drive" (NPND), encourage teenagers with a preference for driving to stay in school beyond the minimum dropout age....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10227

This paper studies the labor supply of South Indian boat owners using daily labor participation decisions of 249 boat owners during seven years. We test the standard neoclassical model of labor supply and find that boat owners' labor participation depends positively on expected earnings but also on recent accumulated earnings,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8308
published in: Economic Journal , 2016, 126 (592). 654–681

While survey data supports a strong relationship between personality and labor market outcomes, the exact mechanisms behind this association remain unexplored. In this paper, we take advantage of a controlled laboratory set-up to test whether this relationship operates through productivity, and isolate this mechanism from other channels such as bargaining...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6755
accepted at the Journal of Human Resources

The critical role of prenatal and early childhood conditions on adult outcomes has been the focus of a rich body of research. In this paper, we examine various pre- and postnatal investments as possible sources behind the "birth order effect" – significant differences in the educational and labor market outcomes...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6464
published in: Journal of Human Capital, 2014, 8(4), 399-431

Do negative incentives or sticks in education improve student outcomes? Since the late 1980s, several U.S. states have introduced No Pass No Drive (NPND) laws that set minimum academic requirements for teenagers to obtain driving licenses. Using data from the American Community Survey (ACS) and Monitoring the Future (MTF), we...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6398
published in: IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2013, 2:14

In the U.S., grandparents look after one in five preschool children of employed women. Does this source of informal childcare increase female labor force participation and if so, up to what extent? The main challenge to answer this question is that a positive relationship between grandparents’ childcare and female labor...