Joaquin Rubalcaba

Doctoral Fellow

I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico, where I also maintain a research fellowship in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy. I have progressed to candidacy with training focused on labor, health, and public economics, applied econometrics, immigration, and policy analysis. My lived and professional experiences have tremendously impacted my desire to become an economist and has shaped the lens in which I formulate new research questions and structure my pedagogical strategy.

Research Interests 

As a researcher, I have investigated labor market dynamics affecting wage and labor supply as well as the unintended consequences of public policy on health quality and labor market outcomes. I am focused on furthering the economic understanding of health, labor, and public policies that gives insight into the socioeconomic disparities of minority groups. Overall, the quality and development of my research has had a direct impact on my ability to teach, influence and mentor students all levels. I believe that exposure to diversity in both thought and lived experiences are essential to the intellectual development of students and the development of economics as a profession.