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Marcos A. Rangel, Associate Professor of Sanford School of Public Policy and Economics and Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI's Population Research Center and Faculty Affiliate of Center for Child and Family Policy

Marcos A. Rangel

Marcos A. Rangel is an applied microeconomist. His research focuses on the patterns of accumulation of human capital with particular attention to the intra-family decision process (parents and children), to the impact of policies to foment education and health, and to racial differentials. His research has contributed to a better understanding of how the negotiations between mother and fathers, and also how families insert themselves into societies, influence the allocation of resources towards investment in human capital of children.

Recent projects branched out in investigating the impact of prenatal care policies and maternal labor regulations over child outcomes, focusing on the innovative use of data to infer causal effects of policies. Current work takes advantage of a satellite pictures of areas in which agricultural activities rely on the use of fires to compute the impact of agricultural development, environmental regulation and business cycles over health outcomes of infants and mothers-to-be.

Rangel is a research affiliate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), the Population Research Center at NORC/University of Chicago, and the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). He is also an associate editor of The Journal of Development Economics. 

Contact Info:
Office Location:  262 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 613-7340
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2021):

    Rubenstein 153, F 10:15 AM-11:30 AM; Rubenstein 153, TuTh 10:15 AM-11:30 AM
    Rubenstein 153, F 08:30 AM-09:45 AM; Rubenstein 153, TuTh 08:30 AM-09:45 AM

Ph.D.University of California - Los Angeles2004
M.A.University of California - Los Angeles2002
M.A.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)1999
A.B.Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)1997


Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Tome, R; Rangel, MA; Gibson-Davis, CM; Bellows, L, Heightened immigration enforcement impacts US citizens' birth outcomes: Evidence from early ICE interventions in North Carolina., Plos One, vol. 16 no. 2 (January, 2021), pp. e0245020 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Holbein, JB; Rangel, MA, Does voting have upstream and downstream consequences? Regression discontinuity tests of the transformative voting hypothesis, Journal of Politics, vol. 82 no. 4 (October, 2020), pp. 1196-1216 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Rangel, MA; Nobles, J; Hamoudi, A, Brazil's Missing Infants: Zika Risk Changes Reproductive Behavior., Demography, vol. 57 no. 5 (October, 2020), pp. 1647-1680 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Rangel, MA; Vogl, TS, Agricultural Fires and Health at Birth, The Review of Economics and Statistics, vol. 101 no. 4 (October, 2019), pp. 616-630, MIT Press - Journals [doi]  [abs]
  5. Rangel, MA; Shi, Y, Early patterns of skill acquisition and immigrants' specialization in STEM careers., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 116 no. 2 (January, 2019), pp. 484-489 [doi]  [abs]

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