After completing his high school education, Nicolás González chose the Universidad de Montevideo because its School of Economics offered an up-to-date and dynamic curriculum: "I think it was a wise decision because, in addition to having a well-organized curriculum, the members of its Faculty stand out due to their quality," he said. After studying a master's degree and a PhD in Spain, he will start working this month as a Research Economist in the What Works Center for Local Economic Growth of the London School of Economics (LSE).
As a way of preparing for his PhD, the UM Economics alumni studied several courses of the UM Master in Economics. He then traveled to the Center for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI, its acronym in Spanish) in Madrid, where he completed his master's degree. "The UM master has a great level because it has professors who are very active in the academy and in scientific research. It helped me to have a more solid base in the face of future challenges. The degree is useful to have general notions of various topics and areas of knowledge within the Economy, provides the necessary information to make a more guided decision on the area to specialize. The master fulfills the role of deepening in different aspects, it helps you acquire expertise in a specific subject," González said.
After completing his master's degree at CEMFI, he specialized in urban economics. Thus, he traveled to Catalonia to begin his PhD in the Institute of Economics of Barcelona (IEB) of the Universidad de Barcelona. He participated in the fifth edition of IEB's Workshop on Urban Economics, in which high-level economists such as Donald Davis (Columbia University), Henry Overman (London School of Economics) and Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton University) stood out among its exhibitors. During the activity, Nicolás presented his job market paper entitled "Spillover effects from a place-based housing subsidy".
This August he will start working as a Research Economist at the What Works Center for Local Economic Growth, a center dedicated to producing reports based on empirical evidence for different institutions, such as British government agencies or private institutions. The mission of the WWC is to provide relevant information for decision making by public and private organizations: try to unravel which policies work -and which don´t- for local development, always based on rigorous empirical evidence. It also assists local governments in the evaluation of public interventions.