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- Risky Behaviors ,
- Education ,
- Ph.D., University of Florida, 2017
- M.A., University of Florida, 2013
- B.A., Florida International University, 2011
Alberto Ortega joined O’Neill as an assistant professor in 2019. His research is on risky behaviors and how these behaviors intersect with race and education. For instance, previous work examines some of the mitigating factors of the opioid epidemic. More recent work investigates how the threat of affirmative action litigation affects the police killings of civilians.
Ortega was a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research Scientist with USC's Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center. He was also an NSF Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Fellow. Previously he served as an American Economic Association Summer Program Fellow and mentor. Ortega is currently the chair of the communications committee for the American Society for Hispanic Economists.
Previously, Ortega taught economics at Whitman College. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in economics from the University of Florida. He also studied economics at the undergraduate level at Florida International University.
- USC's Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (USC-RCMAR) Pilot Grant, National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging, 2019
- Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics, National Science Foundation, 2017-18
- American Economic Association Summer Program Fellow, 2016
- “Trade Liberalization and Racial Animus,” (with Ema Di Fruscia and Bryn Louise)
Contemporary Economic Policy (2020)
- “State Partisanship and Higher Education,” Economics of Education Review, 76: 101977, (2020)
- “Examining Medicaid Expansion and the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders," (with J. Grooms), AEA Papers and Proceedings, 109: 187-92 (2019)