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Todd Pugatch

Todd Pugatch

Assistant Professor
Economics Program
Ballard Ext Hall 311
Oregon State University
Corvallis, Oregon
Phone: (541) 737-6628


I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Oregon State University, part of the School of Public Policy.

My fields of study are development economics, labor economics, and the economics of education. My research areas are labor markets, education and migration in developing countries. My current work focuses on youth unemployment in South Africa, and the effect of Mexican immigration on labor markets in the U.S.


  • Labor Economics
  • Public Policy Analysis
  • Introduction to Econometrics

My job market paper, "Bumpy Rides: School to Work Transitions in South Africa," quantifies the importance of the option to re-enroll in the school-to-work transition of South African youth. To do so, I develop and estimate a dynamic structural model of school enrollment and job search applied to South Africa's environment of high unemployment, high grade repetition, and persistent racial inequality.