About Marcelo Delajara



Marcelo Delajara is the director of the Economic Growth and Labor Markets research program at Centro de Estudios Espinosa Yglesias (CEEY). The main objective of this program is to understand the role of labor markets and social protection in the interaction between social mobility, economic growth and inequality. Previous to joining CEEY in 2015, Marcelo was a researcher and professor of economics at UDLA (Puebla) and CIDE (Mexico City). His research focused on the economics of the nutritional status of children and its implications for the demographic transition, demographic shocks, human capital accumulation and economic growth, both historically and for current less developed countries. In particular, Marcelo and co-authors estimated infant health production functions for several Latin American countries. They also studied the relationship between maternal height and birthweight in Bolivia, and between maternal and children’s height among Mexican-Americans. He also analyzed the links between poverty, health, and economic development. He was a consultant for the World Bank, IADB, PAHO, PNUD, and ILO. More recently, he was a researcher and research manager at Banco de México, where he helped launch the unit of regional economic analysis and was the editor of the Bank’s quarterly regional economic report for four years. Marcelo was born in Argentina, he is a Mexican and Argentine citizen; he holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).


Birthweight outcomes in Bolivia: the role of maternal height, fertility and behavior

Why are Mexican-American boys so much taller now?

Economic development and the quality of life of children