Marcos A. Rangel

Assistant Professor, Sanford School of Public Policy and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

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

Recent projects include 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 computes the impact of agricultural development, environmental regulation, and business cycles over health outcomes of infants and mothers-to-be by using satellite pictures of areas in which agricultural activities rely on the use of fires.

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.


  • Ph.D. University of California, Los Angeles - 2004
  • M.A. University of California, Los Angeles - 2002
  • 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)

  • Rangel, MA; Vogl, TS (2019) Agricultural Fires and Health at Birth The Review of Economics and Statistics, 101, 616-630, [doi], [abs]
  • Rangel, MA; Shi, Y (2019) Early patterns of skill acquisition and immigrants' specialization in STEM careers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116, 484-489, [doi], [abs]
  • Bacolod, M; Rangel, MA (2017) Economic Assimilation and Skill Acquisition: Evidence From the Occupational Sorting of Childhood Immigrants. Demography, 54, 571-602, [doi], [abs]
  • Rangel, MA; Vogl, T (2016) Agricultural Fires and Infant Health ,
  • Holbein, JB; Rangel, MA (2016) Does Voting Have Upstream and Downstream Consequences? Evidence from Compulsory Voting in Brazil ,