Sergio Urzúa's research has focused on the role of cognitive and noncognitive abilities as well as uncertainty as determinants of schooling decisions, labor market outcomes and social behavior. Recently, he has analyzed the effects of early childhood endowments on academic and labor market outcomes. His research agenda also includes the evaluation of social programs in developing economies. He teaches in the area of Labor Economics and Econometrics, and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Professor Urzúa received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2007 and his BA from the University of Chile in 2001.