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Biographical Info of Juan Carlos Suarez Serrato

Juan Carlos Suárez Serrato is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Duke University and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Prior to joining Duke, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) and a graduate student at UC Berkeley, where he received a Ph.D. in Economics.

Suárez Serrato's research analyzes the effects of federal and state taxation and spending policies on local economic outcomes with an emphasis on the location decisions of both firms and individuals. His dissertation analyzed the short- and long-term effects of government spending on local economics outcomes. This research agenda proposes a new identification strategy to measure the causal impacts of government spending, provides new estimates of important policy-relevant parameters such as the income multiplier, and develops a framework for measuring the welfare effects of providing government services. More recently, his work has analyzed the effects of state corporate taxes on firm location and the resulting equilibrium incidence on wages and profits. His current work analyzes the aggregate misallocation resulting from state taxation as well the effects of public sector unionization on the provision of local public goods.

Suárez Serrato was born and raised in Mexico City and became a naturalized US citizen in 2010. He emigrated to the US to attend college at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, where he majored in Theoretical Economics and Mathematics.

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