Pilar García-Gómez appointed as Professor of Applied Economics
The chair strengthens the school’s reputation in the discipline of health economics and fits in the university’s strategy to concentrate its research and education in the area of health and wealth.
Pilar’s main research interests are in the intersection between health and labour economics. She is an expert in the use of large datasets and econometric tools to investigate (i) the damping effect that a health worsening has on labour outcomes, such employment, (ii) how changes in employment influence health, and (iii) the role of policies, like disability insurance and labour market policies, in this two-way relationship.
In the near future, she wants to expand this line of research and further investigate how these events and policies impact not only those affected, but also their families. She will concentrate on the impact of events early in life, like parental job loss, on children’s health and health and employment later in life. In her research, she likes to involve partners from other fields within and outside economics. These collaborations bring novel ways to tackle research questions. In addition, they facilitate sharing the results from research with some of the relevant stakeholders, and influence policy.
Source: Erasmus School of Economics.