The King's Outstanding Thesis Prize recognises and celebrates the outstanding talent and innovation of King’s postgraduate research students.
Research is nominated for the award by the external examiners who assess theses. They are then judged by a panel consisting of the Director of Research Talent and the Chair of the Research Degrees Examinations Board.
As part of his PhD thesis, Ortiz-Juarez used different decomposition methods in economics to explore the role of personal characteristics and geographic capital in explaining subnational and intertemporal differences in living standards within Mexico. An expanded version of this analysis has been accepted for future publication as a monograph in the UNU-WIDER Development Economics series, published by Cambridge University Press.
Ortiz-Juarez also provided a critical survey of well-being measurement methods and applied novel methodology to measure the extent of chronic poverty in the country. Typically, this type of poverty can be only identified with data that follows the same individuals over time (longitudinal data), but its availability is rare in emerging economies.
The applied methodology is an alternative which uses only one round of cross-sectional data (widely available) and offers a policy relevant solution in contexts where longitudinal data is too costly to collect. The conceptual and technical proposal of this methodology by Ortiz-Juarez and his co-authors was published last January in the Review of Income and Wealth, a journal with a long-standing tradition of publishing innovative approaches to poverty measurement.
“It’s an honour to have my PhD thesis recognised through this prize. I’ve been glad to continue my work on poverty and inequality measurement and analysis at King’s since being awarded my PhD in August 2021.”– Eduardo Ortiz-Juarez