Marcos A. Rangel

Marcos A. Rangel

Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics

External Address: 
262 Rubenstein Hall, Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90312, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 613-7340

Marcos A. Rangel is an applied microeconomist. His research focuses on the patterns of accumulation of human capital with particular attention to the intra-family decision process (parents and children), to the impact of policies to foment education and health, and to racial differentials. His research has contributed to a better understanding of how the negotiations between mother and fathers, and also how families insert themselves into societies, influence the allocation of resources towards investment in human capital of children.

Recent projects branched out in investigating the impact of prenatal care policies and maternal labor regulations over child outcomes, focusing on the innovative use of data to infer causal effects of policies. Current work takes advantage of a satellite pictures of areas in which agricultural activities rely on the use of fires to compute the impact of agricultural development, environmental regulation and business cycles over health outcomes of infants and mothers-to-be.

Rangel is a research affiliate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), the Population Research Center at NORC/University of Chicago, and the Duke Population Research Institute (DuPRI). He is also an associate editor of The Journal of Development Economics. 


  • Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles 2004
  • M.A., University of California - Los Angeles 2002
  • M.A., Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 1999
  • A.B., Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) 1997

Rangel, Marcos A., and Tom S. Vogl. “Agricultural Fires and Health at Birth.” The Review of Economics and Statistics 101, no. 4 (October 2019): 616–30. Full Text

Rangel, Marcos A., and Ying Shi. “Early patterns of skill acquisition and immigrants' specialization in STEM careers.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 116, no. 2 (January 2019): 484–89. Full Text

Rangel, Marcos A., and Tom Vogl. “Agricultural Fires and Infant Health,” December 2016.

Holbein, John B., and Marcos A. Rangel. “Does Voting Have Upstream and Downstream Consequences? Evidence from Compulsory Voting in Brazil,” July 13, 2016.

Rangel, M. A. “Is Parental Love Colorblind? Human Capital Accumulation within Mixed Families.” Review of Black Political Economy 42, no. 1–2 (June 1, 2015): 57–86. Full Text

Kreisman, D., and M. A. Rangel. “On the blurring of the color line: Wages and employment for black males of different skin tones.” Review of Economics and Statistics 97, no. 1 (January 1, 2015): 1–13. Full Text

Botelho, F., R. A. Madeira, and M. A. Rangel. “Racial Discrimination in Grading: Evidence from Brazil.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 7, no. 4 (January 1, 2015): 37–52. Full Text

Angelucci, M., G. De Giorgi, M. A. Rangel, and I. Rasul. “Family networks and school enrolment: Evidence from a randomized social experiment.” Journal of Public Economics 94, no. 3–4 (April 1, 2010): 197–221. Full Text


Madeira, R. A., and M. A. Rangel. “Racial achievement gaps in another America: Discussing schooling outcomes and affirmative action in Brazil.” In Closing the Achievement Gap from an International Perspective: Transforming STEM for Effective Education, 127–60, 2013. Full Text

Angelucci, Manuela, Imran Rasul, Giacomo De Giorgi, and Marcos A. Rangel. “Consumption Smoothing and Marriage,” 2010.

Angelucci, M., G. De Giorgi, M. Rangel, and I. Rasul. “Village economies and the structure of extended family networks,” January 1, 2009. Full Text

Rangel, Marcos, Imran Rasul, Giacomo de Giorgi, and Manuela Angelucci. “INSURANCE, INVESTMENT, AND THE EXTENDED FAMILY,” 2009.

Angelucci, Manuela, Giacomo De Giorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, and Imran Rasul. “Family Networks and School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment,” n.d.

Angelucci, Manuela, Giacomo De Giorgi, Marcos A. Rangel, and Imran Rasul. “Extended Family Networks in Rural Mexico: A Descriptive Analysis,” n.d.

Selected Grants

Fecundity and Fertility in the Presence of Zika awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019

Immigration Enforcement and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from North Carolina awarded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2019