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- Areas of Interest:
- Race and ethnicity ,
- Economics of education ,
- Social and health policy
- 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. He is an applied microeconomist with research that examines how social factors or social policies affect the health or educational outcomes of vulnerable populations. Previous work examined funding inequities faced by minority-serving institutions of higher education. Some of his current research evaluates the role of social welfare policy in access to substance use treatment.
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.
Ortega was an NSF Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics Fellow as well as an American Economic Association Summer Program Fellow. He also serves on the communications committee for the American Society for Hispanic Economists.
- 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
- McKnight Doctoral Fellowship, Florida Education Fund, 2012-17
- “Examining Medicaid Expansion and the Treatment of Substance Use Disorders," (with J. Grooms), AEA Papers and Proceedings, 109: 187-92 (2019)
- “Business Cycles and HBCU Appropriations," (with O. Swinton) Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy (2018)