Nano Barahona

579 Jane Stanford Way · Stanford, CA 94305-6072 ·

I am a PhD student in Economics at Stanford University. My main interests lie in the fields of industrial organization, development and public economics.


Vintage-specific driving restrictions

Review of Economic Studies. Forthcoming

Local air pollution has led authorities in many cities around the world to impose limits on car use by means of driving restrictions or license-plate bans. By placing uniform restrictions on all cars, many of these programs have created incentives for drivers to buy additional, more polluting cars. We study vintage-specific restrictions, which place heavy limits on older, polluting vehicles and no limits on newer, cleaner ones. We use a novel model of the car market and results from Santiago's 1992 program, the earliest program to use vintage-specific restrictions, to show that such restrictions should be designed to work exclusively through the extensive margin (type of car driven), never through the intensive margin (number of miles driven). If so, vintage restrictions can yield important welfare gains by moving the fleet composition toward cleaner cars, comparing well to alternative instruments such as scrappage subsidies and pollution-based registration fees.

Work in progress

Food labeling: Effects on demand and supply of nutritional content

with Joshua Kim, Cristóbal Otero, and Sebastián Otero

Affirmative action, ability and mismatch in college education

Unequal returns to tertiary education: Evidence from an unintended experiment in Brazil

Quasi-experimental evidence on public-private wage differentials

Media censorship and the distribution of power in early modern Europe: The role of the printing press

with Alejandro Saenz