Susan W. Parker






División de Economía,

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

Carretera México-Toluca 3655

Lomas de Santa Fe

01250 México DF


Phone:  +52 55 57279800 extension 2701 or 2728





I am an associate professor of economics at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas – CIDE) in Mexico City.  My research interests include labor economics, development, and social program evaluation.  I received a PhD in Economics at Yale in 1993 and a BA in Economics and Mathematics at Franklin and Marshall College in 1987.  Here is my vita.  Listed below are representative research and some links.




“Deception and Misreporting in a Social Program (with César Martinelli), 2006.

“Within Family Treatment Effect Estimators: The Impact of Oportunidades on Schooling in Mexico” (with Petra E. Todd and Ken I. Wolpin.)  University of Pennsylvania, 2006.

Medium-Term Effects of the Oportunidades Program Package on Young Children (with Jere Behrman and Petra Todd), 2005.

Oportunidades Program Impacts on Education in Urban Areas” (with Jere Behrman, Jorge Gallardo and Petra E. Todd), University of Pennsylvania, 2006.

“Do School Subsidy Programs Generate Lasting Benefits? A Five-Year Follow-Up of Oportunidades Participants (with Jere Behrman and Petra E. Todd), University of Pennsylvania, 2005.

“Program Participation Under Means-Testing and Self-Selection Targeting Methods (with David Coady), FCND discussion papers 191, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI),  2005.

“Do School Subsidies Promote Human Capital Investment among the Poor?”  (with César Martinelli). CIDE and ITAM, 2003. 



“Labor Market Shocks and Their Impacts on Work and Schooling:  Evidence from Urban Mexico” (with Emmanuel Skoufias),  Journal of Population Economics, Vol 19:1 (2006).

“Randomization and Social Program Evaluation:  The Case of Progresa” (with Graciela Teruel). Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 599 (2005), No. 1, 199-219.

“Schooling Inequality and Language Barriers” (with Luis Rubalcava and Graciela Teruel),  Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol 55:1 (2005), 71-94.

“A Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Demand and Supply Side Education Interventions:  The Case of Progresa in Mexico” (with David Coady).  Review of Development Economics Vol 8:3 (2004), 440-451.

“The Added Worker Effect over the Business Cycle” (with Emmanuel Skoufias). Applied Economics Letters Vol 11:10 (2004), 625-630.

“Should Transfers to Poor Families be Conditional on School Attendance:  A Household Bargaining Approach” (with César Martinelli).  International Economic Review  Vol 44 (2003), 523-544.

“Conditional Cash Transfers and their Impact on Child Work and School Enrollment: Evidence from the PROGRESA Program in Mexico” (with Emmanuel Skoufias). Economia Vol 2:1 (2001), 45-96.

“Household Income and Health Care Expenditures in Mexico” (with Rebeca Wong). Health Policy Vol 40 (1997), 237-255.



“Evaluating Conditional Schooling-Health Transfer Programs (PROGRESA Program)” (with Luis Rubalcava and Graciela Teruel). In Handbook of Development Economics, Volume 4, edited by T. Paul Schultz. In preparation.

“Long-Term Impacts of the Oportunidades Conditional Cash Transfer Program on Rural Youth in Mexico” (with Jere Behrman and Petra Todd) Klasen, S. and Nowak-Lehmann, F. (eds.) Poverty, Inequality, and Policy in Latin America. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Forthcoming.

“Language Barriers and Schooling Inequality of the Indigenous in Mexico” (with Luis Rubalcava and Graciela Teruel) in Who’s In and Who’s Out Social Exclusion in Latin America.  Edited by Jere R. Behrman, Alejandro Gaviria and Miguel Székely. Inter-American Development Bank, 2003.

“Gender Differences by Education in Mexico” (with Carla Pederzini).  In The Economics of Gender in Mexico: Work, Family, State, and Market. Edited by Elizabeth Katz and Maria Correia. The World Bank.  Washington DC, 2001.

“Well-Being of the Elderly in Mexico:  A Comparative Perspective” (with Rebeca Wong).  In The Economics of Gender in Mexico: Work, Family, State, and Market, op.cit.

“Elderly Health and Salaries in the Mexican Labor Market.” In Wealth from Health:  Linking Social Investments to Earnings in Latin America.  Edited by W.D. Savedoff and T. Paul Schultz. Inter-American Development Bank.  Washington DC, 2000.


Last updated: December 2006


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