Francisco Perez-Arce

Research Scientist (Staff)
Email Office Phone (213) 821-0523


Francisco Perez-Arce is an economist at CESR, based in the Washington, DC office. He obtained his PhD in economics from Princeton University and then spent six years at RAND. His interests center mostly on the relationship between behavioral economics and public policy in the setting of labor, aging, education and development economics. In a subset of his research, he focuses on how the effects of public policies are shaped by behavioral parameters. He has studied how a lack of consumption smoothing shapes the impacts of the frequency of pension payments; and how the timing of college admissions can affect long-term education attainment. In other research, he investigates whether public policy may affect the preference and decision-making parameters that determine behavior. His research in this area includes investigations on the impact of education on time-preferences and decision-making. His work has been accpeted for publication in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Economics of Education Review, the American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, the Journal of Public Administration and Management, the Journal of Consumer Affairs, among other.


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  • Ph.D. Economics, Princeton University, 2010
  • M.A. Economics, Princeton University, 2007
  • B.A. Economics, Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, 2004