DR Nicolas Salamanca Acosta

DR Nicolas Salamanca Acosta


  • Behavioral Economics (Stability of preferences)
  • Family Economics
  • Household Portfolio Choice (Trust, Personality)
  • Human capital development (Child development, Parenting Style)
  • Labor Economics (Discrimination)
  • Microeconometrics (Measurement error, Non-classical measurement error)



  • I am working as a Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR) as part of the Social and Economic Disadvantage group. My position is funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (LCC). I am also a Research Affiliate at IZA. I got my PhD in Economics at Maastricht University in 2015, focusing on the measurement of economic preferences and their impact on household portfolio choice. My research revolves around applied microeconomics. My primary research interest is on household economics, human capital development, and the transmission of economic disadvantage. I am also interested in the behavioral drivers of household portfolio decisions, the stability of economic preferences, discrimination and favoritism, the effect of background risk on decision-making, and non-classical measurement error.   


Member of

  • Institute of labor Economics (IZA). Research Affiliate 2016 -
  • ARC Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course (LCC). Research Fellow 2014 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, Maastricht University 2014
  • MSc, Maastricht University 2010
  • MSc, Maastricht University 2009
  • BSc, University of the Andes 2008

Awards and honors

  • Rotman ICPM Research grant, Rotman ICPM (Canada), 2013
  • Maastricht GSBE Visiting Scholar grant, Maastricht University (Netherlands), 2013
  • METEOR PhD grant, METEOR (Netherlands), 2010
  • KNAW Research Assistantship grant, KNAW (Netherlands), 2009
  • Colfuturo Scholarship Program for Graduate Studies, Colfuturo (Colombia), 2008


Available for supervision

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