Joseph Aguilar Bohorquez

Elton Mykerezi

Economist with Minor in Management - Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral Applied Economics (M.S.) - University of Minnesota


I am a first-year Ph.D. Student in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota. Currently, I am a Research Assistant for Professor Elton Mykerezi in a project that intends to find the implication of educational public policies in the teachers' labor markets of MN, IN, and IL.  I was Teaching Assistant for Professor Janna Johnson in the PA8302 Applied Policy Analysis class in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs during fall 2021. I got my M.S. in the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (2019-2021) as Fulbright Scholar selected through a national competition in Ecuador. I was a lecturer in the laboratory section of Econometrics I and II courses at the Faculty of Social and Humanistic Sciences and Researcher at the Center for Economic Research at the Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral (ESPOL) from 2018 to 2019. I obtained a degree in economics at ESPOL (2017), where I was awarded as the best student in the program (2015). I was selected through a national competition to receive the scholarship awarded by DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) for study visits to German universities (2016). My research focuses on applied microeconomics, including environmental economics, labor economics, education, and economic development.

Areas of Interest

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Demography
  • Labor Economics
  • Public Economics
  • Resource & Environmental Economics

Select Publications

(Working Paper) Aguilar-Bohorquez, J., Mykerezi, E. and Johnson, J. Would longer weekends keep teachers in rural schools? Evidence from Minnesota’s four-day school week program as a non-monetary incentive.

(Working Paper) Castillo, J.G., Aguilar-Bohorquez, J. & Valverde-Bajaña, I. Type-Consistent Willingness to Pay in Contingent Valuation Methods: An application to the mangrove forest in the Gulf of Guayaquil. Submitted to Resource and Energy Economics. Available at:

Bade, D., Castillo, J. G., Fernández, M. A., & Aguilar-Bohorquez, J. (2020). The price premium of heritage in the housing market: Evidence from Auckland, New Zealand. Land Use Policy, 99, 105042. DOI: