Núria Rodríguez-Planas

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This paper is the first to use a randomized trial in the US to analyze the shortand long-term educational and employment impacts of an afterschool program that offered disadvantaged high-school youth: mentoring, educational services, and financial rewards with the objective to improve high-school graduation and postsecondary schooling enrollment. The(More)
This paper is the first to use a randomized trial in the US to analyze the shortand long-term impacts of an afterschool program that offered disadvantaged high-school youth: mentoring, educational services, and financial rewards to attend program activities, complete high-school and enroll in post-secondary education on youths’ engagement in risky(More)
This paper is the first to examine the implications of switching to PT work for women’s subsequent earnings trajectories, distinguishing by their type of contract: permanent or fixedterm. Using a rich longitudinal Spanish data set from Social Security records of over 76,000 prime-aged women strongly attached to the Spanish labor market, we find that PT work(More)
Guiso et al., Science 2008, find that "girls’ underperformance in math relative to boys is eliminated in more gender-equal cultures", suggesting the important role of the environment behind the math gender gap. Using the epidemiological approach, the current paper isolates the role of culture from institutional constraints, and sheds light on a causal(More)
Part-Time Work, Fixed-Term Contracts, and the Returns to Experience Using data from Spanish Social Security records, we investigate the returns to experience in different flexible work arrangements, including part-time and full-time work, and permanent and fixed-term contracts. We use a trivariate random effects model which consists of a threeequation(More)
This report focuses on the determinants of the labor market situation of young people in developed countries and the developing world, with a special emphasis on the role of vocational training and education policies. We highlight the role of demographic factors, economic growth and labor market institutions in explaining young people‘s transition into(More)
We study how workers’ wages respond to TFP-driven innovations in firms’ labor productivity. Using unique data with highly reliable firm-level output prices and quantities in the manufacturing sector in Sweden, we are able to derive measures of physical (as opposed to revenue) TFP to instrument labor productivity in the wage equations. We find that the(More)
A Roadmap to Vocational Education and Training Systems Around the World With young people among the big losers of the recent financial crisis, vocational education and training (VET) is often seen as the silver bullet to the problem of youth joblessness. This paper provides a better understanding of VET around the world, dealing with three types of(More)
Child Care, Maternal Employment and Persistence: A Natural Experiment from Spain Reconciling work and family is high on many governments’ agenda, especially in countries, such as Spain, with record-low fertility and female labor force participation rates. This paper analyzes the effects of a large-scale provision of publicly subsidized child care in Spain(More)