Alicia Adsera

Director of Graduate Studies, Office of Population Research
Director, Program in Population Studies
Senior Research Scholar, Lecturer in Economics and International Affairs
241 Wallace Hall

Ph.D. Economics
Boston University, 1996


Alicia Adsera is the Director of Graduate Studies at OPR and a Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Economics at the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. Some of her recent work focuses on how differences in local labor market institutions and economic conditions are related to fertility and household formation decisions in the OECD (and Latin America). In addition she is interested in an array of migration topics (i.e. immigrant fertility; the relevance of language, political conditions and welfare provisions among the determinants of migration flows; the wellbeing of child migrants; differential labor market performance of migrants across European countries). Before coming to Princeton, she was a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Research Affiliate at the Population Research Center of the University of Chicago. She has previously taught at Ohio State University and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She has received fellowships from the University of Chicago-NICHD and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, among others. Her work has been published in the American Economic Review P&PJournal of Population EconomicsPopulation StudiesJournal of Law Economics and Organization, and International Organization among others. Ph.D. Boston University.

Selected Publications

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. (forthcoming 2021). The effect of linguistic proximity and the labour market performance of immigrant men in Canada. Labour, doi:

Adsera, A., Pozza, D., Sergei, G., Kleine-Rueschkamp, L., & Nikolova, E. (forthcoming 2020). Height and well-being during the transition to market economy Economic Policy, doi:

Adsera, A. (2020). What is the most important factor likely to influence future fertility trends and why? international political economy and future fertility trends. Vienna Yearbook of Population Research, 18, 1. doi:

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. M. (2020). Speeding up for a son: Sex ration imbalances by birth interval among south Asian migrants to Canada. Canadian Studies in Population, 47, 133.

de Jong, P., Adsera, A., & de Valk, H. (2019). The role of welfare in locational choices: Modelling intra-european migration decisions across the life-course. Tijdschrift Voor Economische En Sociale Geografie, 111(2) doi:10.1111/tesg.12390.

Adsera, A. (2018). The future fertility of highly educated women: The role of educational composition shifts and labor market barriers. Vienna yearbook of population research 2017 (vol. 15) (pp. 19)

Goldberg, R.; Tienda , M. & Adsera. A. (2017) Age at migration, family instability, and timing of sexual onset, Social Science Research.

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. M.  (2016) Occupational Skills and Labour Market Progression of Married Immigrant Women in Canada, Labour Economics.

Adsera, A., & Pytlikova, M  (2015) The role of language in shaping international migration: Evidence from OECD countries 1985-2006, Economic Journal.

Adsera, A.,  (2015) Language and Culture as drivers of Migration, IZA World of Labor, July.

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. M.  (2014) The Fertility of Married Immigrant Women to Canada (with Ana Ferrer), International Migration Review, 1-31.

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. M.  (2014) The Myth of Immigrant Women as Secondary Workers: Evidence from Canada" (with Ana Ferrer), American Economic Review,  vol.104 (3): 360-64.

Adsera, A., & Ferrer, A. M. (2014) Fertility Adaptation of Child Migrants to Canada, Population Studies.

Adsera, A., & Tin-Chi Lin (2013)  Son Preference and Children’s Housework: the Indian Case, Population Research and Policy Review, Volume 32, Issue 4 pages 553-584.

Adsera, A., , Ferrer, A. M. , Sigle-Rushton W. & B. Wilson (2012) Fertility Patterns of Child Migrants: Age at Migration and Ancestry in Comparative Perspective, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, vol 463.