Sergio Ernesto Barrera


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech.

I served five years in the US Marine Corps as a Cryptologic Linguist from 2008-2013. I received my PhD in economics from the University of Minnesota. Previously I worked as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute. 

I am an applied labor economist. I focus my research on inequality in the labor market, education outcomes, and crime. Specifically I focus on inequality by socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity in the United States. I also focus some work on the economic outcomes of US military Veterans.

Research Areas: Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Demographic Economics, Applied Microeconomics

Contact Information:

3118 Pamplin Hall

880 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061