Michelle Gonzalez Amador MPP

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
4. Governance and institutions
7. Social Protection
3. Economic Complexity and Innovation

Michelle González Amador is a PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT since 2016. Her research looks at the relationship between income groups, economic decision-making, social networks, and educational & economic outcomes. Specifically, she looks at decision-making in student transition to tertiary education. Other interests include behavioral and development economics, impact evaluation, tech policies and leveraging tech innovations for development, social networks and graph theory, and decision-making and social psychology for vulnerable groups. 

She holds an MPP from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, with a focus on Quantitative Policy Analysis.

As of 2020, she co-organizes the Mechanism Design for Social Good working group on Latin America and the Caribbean. A research working group that utilizes methodologies from Economics, Computer Science and other Social Sciences to tackle issues in the region.

Selected publications by Michelle Gonzalez Amador

Book chapters
Gardiner, Drew, Micheline Goedhuys & Michelle Gonzalez Amador, 2021, Youth aspirations and the future of work, in: Juan Chacaltana, Sukti Dasgupta (eds), Is the future ready for youth?, ILO, Geneva, 264 p, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Gonzalez Amador, Michelle, Robin Cowan & Eleonora Nillesen, 2022, Peer networks and malleability of educational aspirations, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2022-028

External working papers
Cathles, Alison, Drew Gardiner, Micheline Goedhuys, Chen Gong, Michelle Gonzalez Amador & Eleonora Nillesen, 2020, Youth Aspirations and the Future of Work: A Review of the Literature and Evidence, ILO working paper #8, More information