Jenifer received her Phd in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence. She started working in the CEP as a Research Economist in August 2014, in the Education and Skills group. She previously worked as consultant for the Economics directorate of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and as a Junior Economist at the Bank of Spain.
Dr Jenifer Ruiz-Valenzuela's current areas of research are:
- Together with Sandra McNally, she is currently involved in a project that evaluates the effect of small group teaching assistance on reading outcomes at early ages. A second project, joint with Sandra McNally and Stephen Machin, looks at the importance of getting a “good grade” in core subjects for later educational outcomes. A third project with Claudia Hupkau, looks at the effects of university capacity constraints on student outcomes. As part of her PhD, she has studied the impact of parental job loss and parental job insecurity on the educational outcomes of their offspring.