Rosa L. Matzkin

University of California, Los Angeles

Primary Section: 54, Economic Sciences
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2022)


Rosa Liliana Matzkin is the Charles E. Davidson Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research has provided new econometric tools for the empirical analysis of structural economic models. She was born and grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, received a B.Sc. in Management and Economics from the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology and received a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota. Before joining UCLA, she was a faculty member at Northwestern and Yale Universities and held visiting positions at several universities, including Caltech (California Institute of Technology),  University of Chicago and M.I.T. Her editorial activities have included being chief Editor of Quantitative Economics and Co-Editor of the Handbooks in Economics series (Elsevier), of Vol 7 of the Handbook of Econometrics (Elsevier) and of the Econometric Society Research Monograph Series. She was a member of the Executive Committees of the Econometric Society and of the American Economic Association. She is currently First Vice-President of the Econometric Society, after being Second Vice-President in 2021, and will presumably be President in 2023. Rosa Matzkin is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Econometric Society.

Research Interests

The research of Rosa Matzkin has been aimed at developing and exploiting tight connections between econometrics and economic theory, to improve the empirical analysis of economic models. Her most recent research has mainly dealt with various economic models whose structures are characterized by systems of nonlinear simultaneous equations with multivariate nonseparable unobservables. She has developed methods to recover unobservable functions and distributions in such systems, as well as the values of the unobservable variables. Her econometric methods take advantage of restrictions implied by economic models to avoid making arbitrary specifications on functions and distributions. Her work in economic theory has provided methods to test the consistency of data with models. The results of her research are particularly applicable to the analysis of (i) unobserved preferences and technologies, (ii) prices and quantities determined by existent or hypothetical equilibrium conditions, (iii) distributions of preferences, technologies, prices and quantities, and (iv) benefits and costs of economic policies across diverse individuals and firms.

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