Rodrigo Lovaton Davila
IPUMS Data Projects
Research Interests and Project Expertise
Inequality and socio-economic status measurement, microdata harmonization, data quality and reformatting
I joined IPUMS-International as a graduate research assistant while I was pursuing my Ph.D. in applied economics at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation in 2015, I started a full-time position, focusing on data production for the project, microdata harmonization and the assessment of data quality. In the past, I worked at different research centers based in Peru, where I gained experience on various aspects of survey design and data collection.
As part of my research, I have studied the development of a socioeconomic status measure for census microdata based on asset ownership and dwelling characteristics. I analyzed both its data requirements and alternative aggregation methods to define this proxy variable. In recent work, I also collaborated on papers examining the possibilities to calculate development goals indicators using international census microdata and investigating inequalities by geography when disaggregating these indicators.
Lovaton Davila, Rodrigo; McCarthy, Aine; Kirdruang, Phatta; Sharma, Uttam; and Dorothy Gondwe (2014). "Water, walls and bicycles: Wealth index composition using census microdata." Minnesota Population Center, working paper No. 2014-7.
Friedemann-Sánchez, Greta and Rodrigo Lovaton Davila (2012). "Intimate partner violence in Colombia: Who is at risk?" Social Forces, 91(2): 663-688.
Lovaton Davila, Rodrigo; Ha, Inhyuck "Steve"; and Samuel Myers Jr (2012). "Affirmative action retrenchment in public procurement and contracting." Applied Economic Letters, 19(18): 1857-1860.