Ursula Mello



PhD, Universidad Carlos III

Ursula Mello is a post-doctoral researcher at IAE-CSIC and BSE Affiliated Professor.

In her research, she uses applied microeconometrics methods to investigate key issues for Educational and Labor Market policies. In the area of Education, her recent work is concentrated on the impact of large reforms in the admission process to higher education. In particular, she studies how the centralization of admissions and the expansion of affirmative action quotas, in the context of Brazil, affected the composition of the student body, individuals' incentives and choices. In the topic of Labor, her work is focused on intergenerational mobility and labor market adjustments to economic shocks.

Ursula completed her PhD at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2019. During her doctoral studies, she visited the Department of Economics of Duke University, the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth and worked as a Consultant for the World Bank Development Research Group. She is also currently involved in the analysis of educational projects of the World Bank office in Brazil.

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Working Papers


Open Access       Ursula Mello

Centralized Admissions, Affirmative Action, and Access of Low-Income Students to Higher Education

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Vol.14, No 3, 166-197, August 2022, 0.1257/pol.20190639
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