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Cadena, Brian C

Associate Professor


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research overview

  • Prof. Cadena has examined the immigration responses to policies and labor market shocks including welfare reform, the minimum wage, and the great recession. He has also examined incomplete take-up of interest-free student loans and the role of impatience in suboptimal human capital investment, including high school and college dropout behavior. His recent publications examine the role of the business cycle in college major choices and the role of migrant networks in transmitting economic shocks across international boundaries. His ongoing research estimates the impact of anti-poverty programs on labor market outcomes and well-being.


  • immigration, local labor markets, internal migration, welfare policy, human capital, behavioral economics


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courses taught

  • ECON 4309 - Economics Honors Seminar 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    For information consult the department's director of honors. Open only to qualified seniors.
  • ECON 4848 - Applied Econometrics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2022
    Introduces students to the practice of applied regression analysis. Summarizes and reviews the regression technique, explores U.S. census data sources, introduces an advanced statistical software package and provides structured exercises in regression analysis of census data. Concludes with independent research projects analyzing social and economic issues using regression analysis and census data.
  • ECON 8686 - Seminar: Labor Economics 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020 / Spring 2023
    Focuses on special topics in labor economics: dynamic theories of labor supply, employment, and unemployment; labor supply in a household framework; and labor market activity and income distribution. Explores both theoretical models and empirical tests in each area.
  • ECON 8848 - Applied Microeconometrics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Presents a "user's guide" to conducting empirical research in applied microeconomics. Begins with a primer on an industry-standard econometric software package including programming techniques and data management. Introduces advanced econometric techniques including panel data methods, IV, matching models, regression discontinuity and limited dependent variables models. Concludes with a research project requiring a replication and/or extension of an existing published paper


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