Nicolás Salamanca

Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

I am working as a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic & Social Research at the University of Melbourne. My position is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (LCC). I am also a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA). I got my PhD in Economics at Maastricht University in 2015, focusing on the measurement of economic preferences and their impact on household portfolio choice.

My research revolves around applied microeconomics. My primary research interest is on human capital development and the transmission of economic disadvantage. I research the behavioral drivers of household investment decisions — in their children and in their portfolios. I am also working on the measurement of teacher quality in higher education. Other interest include: the stability of economic preferences, discrimination and favoritism, and household decision-making under risk.


  • 2014–2019
    Research Fellow, The University of Melbourne