Sergio Ernesto Barrera


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Virginia Tech. I am an applied microeconomist that focuses on education, health, immigration, and labor economics. My research focuses on inequality in higher education attainment by race and socioeconomic status, determinants and effects of  anti-immigration policy, as well as heterogenous effects of military service and exposure to the military. 

Prior to my time at Virginia Tech, I also served five years in the US Marine Corps and worked as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Opportunity and Inclusive Growth Institute.

Research Areas: Economics of Education, Labor Economics, Demographic Economics, Public Economics

Contact Information:

3118 Pamplin Hall

880 West Campus Drive

Blacksburg, VA 24061