Researchers

Meet our team of economists and sociologists.

Felipe-Balmaceda
Felipe Balmaceda
Director

Felipe Balmaceda

Director

Ph.D. in Economics – Cornell University Institute for Economic Policies, Universidad Andrés Bello.

Research fields: Industrial Organization, Labor Economics, Contract Theory.

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Paola Bordón
Directora alterna

Paola Bordón

Alternate Director

Ph.D. in Economics – University of Wisconsin-Madison, Facultad de Economía y Negocios Universidad de Chile.

Research fields:

Labor Economics, Education Economics, Applied Econometrics, Empirical Industrial Organization and Public Policy.

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Mauricio Bucca
Main Researcher

Mauricio Bucca

Main Researcher

PhD in Sociology, Cornell University

Facultad de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Research fields:

Labor Market Inequalities, Intergenerational Mobility and Beliefs Regarding Inequality.

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Andrea Canales
Main Researcher

Andrea Canales

Main Researcher

PhD in Sociology, Oxford University, Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

Research fields: Education, Social Stratification and Inequality, Gender.

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Mauricio Tejada
Main Researcher

Mauricio Tejada

Main Researcher

PhD. in Economics – Georgetown University, Facultad de Administración y Economía,  Universidad Diego Portales.

Research fields:

Labor Economics, Structural Econometrics, Macroeconomics.

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Benjamín Villena
Main Researcher

Benjamín Villena

Main Researcher

Ph.D. in Economics – University of Rochester, Institute for Economic Policies, Universidad Andrés Bello.

Research fields: Labor Economics, Macroeconomics, Political Economy.

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Benjamín Villena
Main Researcher

Tania Hutt

Young Researcher

Tania Hutt is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Catholic University. She obtained her Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Research fields: Gender disparities in the workplace, employment, family dynamics, and organizational structures. Her research explores the ways in which transitions between family and work roles, and the decision-making processes involved in these transitions, contribute to the (re)production of gender, racial/ethnic, and economic inequalities within the labor market. This includes investigating patterns related to labor force participation, hiring practices, biases, stereotypes, and wage differentials.

Research Assistants

Ramiro-Barrera
Ramiro Barrera
Research Assistant

Ramiro Barrera

Research Assistant

Ramiro Barrera is an economist and holds a master's degree in Economic Analysis from the University of Chile. His areas of expertise focus on Energy Economics, Environmental Economics, and Labor Economics, with a prominent emphasis on the practical application of microeconomics. With extensive experience as a research assistant and teaching assistant at the University of Chile and Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, he has directed his work towards the analysis of applied economics in public policies.

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Roberto Cantillán
Research Assistant

Roberto Cantillán

Research Assistant
Roberto Cantillán is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and serves as an assistant at the 'Millennium Nucleus for the Study of Labor Market Mismatch' (LM2C2). His doctoral research centers on examining patterns of mobility, diffusion, and segregation within labor markets, utilizing a structural and network approach, with a particular emphasis on intragenerational dynamics.
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Rodolfo Matías Gómez
Research Assistant

Rodolfo Matías Gómez

Research Assistant

Rodolfo Matías Gómez is a Sociologist and a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. His areas of interest include household financialization, with a particular focus on indebtedness. Additionally, he has a prominent interest in mixed and computational methodologies in social sciences.

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Joaquín Martínez
Research Assistant

Joaquín Martínez

Research Assistant

Joaquín Martínez is a student of Commercial Engineering with a focus on economic sciences at the University of Chile. His areas of interest include political economy, the labor market, and industrial organization. Currently, he is focused on researching educational and skill mismatches in the Chilean labor market, exploring their relationships with the pandemic and automation.

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Exequiel Padilla
Research Assistant

Exequiel Padilla

Research Assistant

Exequiel Padilla is currently a Ph.D. student in the Doctorate Program in Engineering Systems at the University of Chile. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and a master's degree in applied economics, both from the same university. His area of interest focuses on the design of mechanisms and markets.

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Marlene Rivas-Muena
Research Assistant

Marlene Rivas-Muena

Research Assistant

Marlene Rivas-Muena is a Ph.D. student in Sociology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where she also obtained her Master's degree in Sociology. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Chile. Her work focuses on the study of educational inequalities in academic trajectories and labor markets, using data and comparative and longitudinal research designs. Currently, she is a co-investigator on a Fondecyt Regular project (2023-2026) that examines educational inequality, analyzing factors such as reading comprehension, motivation, and self-efficacy perception in teaching and learning processes in Chile.

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Felipe Rodríguez Madariaga
Research Assistant

Felipe Rodríguez Madariaga

Research Assistant

Felipe Rodríguez Madariaga is an Industrial Civil Engineer and holds a Master's degree in Applied Economics from the University of Chile. He has dedicated his career to research in macroeconomic labor models and empirical and econometric methods. Additionally, he has significant interests in areas such as development macroeconomics, international trade, and political economy.

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Elisa Tagle
Research Assistant

Elisa Tagle

Research Assistant

Elisa Tagle is a fourth-year sociology student at PUC. She has been a teaching assistant in various sociological theory, economics, and statistics courses. Additionally, she has worked as a research assistant with Prof. Mauricio Bucca on the projects "Patterns of intermarriage among first-generation immigrant and native populations in Latin America" and "Class-based naming dynamics in 20th-century Chile, the imitation (and distinction) game." Her interests are analyzing sociological and economic data, statistics, and sociological theory.

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