Alejandro Nakab

Ph.D. Candidate

Research Summary

I am a macroeconomist with interests in international economics, growth and development. My research employs quantitative methods and microdata to deepen our understanding on the development process. My main area of research focuses on the interaction between human capital accumulation and growth.

Research Statement

Working Papers

"Human Capital Investments and Development: The Role of On-the-job Training" (Joint with Xiao Ma and Daniela Vidart) -- Job Market Paper

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"Learning by Exporting and Wage Profiles: New Evidence From Brazil" (Joint with Xiao Ma)


"Comparative Advantage and Human Capital: A Cross-country Quantitative Analysis" (Joint with Xiao Ma)


"Fear of Depreciation: Populist Policies of Income Redistribution" -- Walter Heller Memorial Prize (Runner-up Best 3rd Year Paper)


Selected Work in Progress

"Africa's Growth Miracle" (Joint with Stephanie Fried and David Lagakos)

"How do Workers Learn? Sources of Human Capital Accumulation within Firms" (Joint with Xiao Ma and Daniela Vidart)

"The Dynamic Decision-Making of Utilitarian Firms" (Joint with Remy Levin)

"Infrastructure, Connectivity, and Elections" (Joint with Daniel Leff and Wayne Sandholtz)