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College of Education and Health Professions
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Gema Zamarro (Ph.D. CEMFI & UNED, Madrid (Spain), 2006) is an Associate Professor (tenured) and 21st Century Endowed Chair in Teacher Quality at the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas. She is also adjunct Senior Economist at the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) and adjunct Economist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas, Zamarro was a Senior Economist at CESR (2013-2014), an Economist at the RAND Corporation (2007-2013) and Professor of Econometrics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy (2007-2013), as well as, assistant professor in the Department of Econometrics at Tilburg University in the Netherlands and a junior research fellow at NETSPAR (Network for Studies on Pensions, Aging and Retirement) (2005-2007). Dr. Zamarro has performed research on applied econometrics in the areas of education, health, and labor. She has completed studies on heterogeneity in returns to education, on the relationship between teacher quality and student performance, on the effect of school closing policies on student outcomes, and on the causal effect of retirement on health, among others. Her current education research focuses on analyzing the effects of dual-language immersion (DLI) on student outcomes taking advantage of the lottery mechanism, used to enter these programs, to estimate causal effects. In addition, she is researching the properties of value-added methods for estimating teacher quality, the use and comparability of student self-reports on teacher performance and the intergenerational transmission of non-cognitive abilities from parents to their children. Finally, in a different line of research, Dr. Zamarro is also studying possible pathways to better health in retirement. Dr. Zamarro’s work has been featured several times in the media including USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post of Chicago, and the Oregorian.
- B.A. Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, 06/2000
- M.S. Economics and Finance, CEMFI (Madrid, Spain), 06/2002
- Ph.D. Economics, CEMFI & UNED (Madrid, Spain), 11/2006
- Economist, USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, 2013
- Adjunct Economist, RAND Corporation, 2013
- Adjunct Assistant Professor, USC Rossier School of Education, 2013
- Economist, RAND Corporation, 2011-2013
- Professor of Economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School of Public Policy, 2011-2013
- Associate Economist, RAND Corporation, 2007-2011
- Assistant Professor, University of Tilburg, Department of Econometrics, 2005-2007
- Raquel Fonseca, Arie Kapteyn, Jinkook Lee, Gema Zamarro, and Kevin Feeney. “A Longitudinal Study of Well-Being of Older Europeans: Does Retirement Matter?” Journal of Population Ageing 7 (2014): 21-41.
- Arie Kapteyn, Jinkook Lee, Caroline Tassot, Hanka Vonkova, and Gema Zamarro. “Dimensions of Subjective Wellbeing” Social Indicators Research (Forthcoming) 2014 (2014).
- Laura Hospido and Gema Zamarro. “Retirement Patterns of Couples in Europe” IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 3.12 (2014).
- Engberg, J., Gill, B., Zamarro, G., Zimmer, R. (2012). Closing schools in a shrinking district: Do students outcomes depend on which schools are closed?. Journal of Urban Economics. Vol. 71, pp. 189-203.
- Fonseca, R., Mullen, K., Zamarro, G., Zissimopoulos, J. (2012). What Explains the Gender Gap in Financial Literacy? The Role of Household Decision-Making. Journal of Consumer Affairs. Vol. 46 (1), pp. 90-106.
- Coe, N. B., Zamarro, G. (2011). Retirement Effects on Health in Europe. Journal of Health Economics. Vol. 30, pp. 77-86.
- Zamarro, G. “Accounting for Heterogeneous Returns in Sequential Schooling Decisions.” Journal of Econometrics Vol. 156. (2010): 260-276.
- Buddin, R. J., Zamarro, G. (2009). Teacher Qualifications and Student Achievement in Urban Elementary Schools. Journal of Urban Economics. Vol. 66 (2), pp. 103-115.