Michela Maria Tincani

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) - UCL
Research Fellow - IFS

I am a labor economist with an interest in social inequalities. In 2016 I was awarded an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant to conduct research on the first randomization in the world of a national affirmative action policy. To this purpose, I started (still ongoing) collaborations with the Karta Initiative charity and with the Research Centre at the Chilean Ministry of Education.

In 2017, together with Fabian Kosse (University of Bonn), I was awarded a Young Scholar grant from the Jacobs Foundation that allowed us to collect data in all schools in Chile that participated in this unique Randomized Control Trial (RCT). We combine our primary data collection with a structural model. This allows us to use the experimental data variation as a source of identification and model validation, and to use theory to extrapolate the experimental results to a broader context.

In general, my papers combine administrative microdata, data from Randomized Control Trials and data from natural experiments with applied microeconomic theory (dynamic decision-making, general equilibrium, and game theoretic models of social interactions). This approach has two goals. The first one is to evaluate large-scale policies that are likely to have complex dynamic or general equilibrium effects. The second goal is to use insights from theory to derive lessons that can guide empirical work. My research so far has focused on the Economics of Education because Education is one of the most important determinants of lifetime opportunities. My fields of study include also Labor, Development, and Applied Microeconometrics.

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University College London
Department of Economics
Drayton House
30 Gordon Street
London WC1H 0AN
United Kingdom

Contact Information:

Office Phone: +44 (0)20 7679 4913
Email: m.tincani@ucl.ac.uk