Santiago Caicedo is an Associate Professor at the Economics Department and Finance Group at Northeastern University. He graduated with a Ph.D. in Economics from the Univesity of Chicago. His research connects microdata with economic theory to study social interactions, human capital formation, economic growth and development, innovation, and organizational economics.

His recent publications include "Unwilling to Train? Firm Responses to the Colombian Apprenticeship Regulation," where he analyzes the costs and benefits of apprenticeship programs in Colombia, "Learning, Career Paths and the Distribution of Wages," where he study changes in organizational hierarchy and their implications on inequality in the labor market. In working papers such as "Dancing with the Stars: Innovation through Interactions," he quantifies the effect of interactions and collaborative work in the creation of innovations, and in "The Wage Distribution and the Convergence of Southern Cities," he studies the convergence in the distribution of wages due to changes in production and educational level. He is currently working on projects studying the effects of demographic and labor market changes on firm productivity, innovation, and economic growth.


  • PhD in Economics, University of Chicago
  • MA Economics, Universidad de los Andes
  • BA Mathematics and Economics, Universidad de los Ande

Selected Publications

Unwilling to Train? Firm Responses to the Colombian Apprenticeship Regulation (with Espinosa, M. and Seibold A.), Econometrica 90, no. 2 (2022): 507-550

Learning, Career Paths and the Distribution of Wages” (with Lucas, R.E. and Rossi-Hansberg E.) American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics. Vol. 11, No.1, January 2019

Note on Idea Diffusion Models with Cohort Structures Economica, Vol. 86, Issue 342, pp. 396-408, 2019