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Research Interests

  • Behavioral & Experimental Economics
  • Food Economics
  • Policy

Professional Experience

  • Lab Manager at the Human Behavior Lab, Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University. September 2018 – Present.
  • Graduate Assistant Researcher, Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University. September 2016 – Present.
  • Research Associate at the Center on Conflict and Development, Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University. September 2014 – September 2016.
  • Economist Intern, Office of Economics, United States International Trade Commission. June 2013 – August 2013.


  • Ph.D., Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University, 2022
    Chair: Marco A. Palma
  • M.I.A., International Development and Economic Policy, Texas A&M University, 2014
  • B.A., Economics and French, Texas A&M University, 2012


Working Papers

  1. Valdez Gonzalez, N.I., Palma, M.A., and A.L. Brown. “Social stigma and subsequent competitive behavior.” Job Market Paper [link]
  2. Valdez Gonzalez, N.I., Kee, J.Y., Palma, M.A., and J.R. Pruitt. 2022. "The Relationship between Monetary Incentives, Status, and Physical Activity." [link]
  3. Liu, H., He, Y., Valdez Gonzalez, N.I., Choubey, A., Li, Y., Meng, Y., Liu, H.,Tu, L., Zhang, N., Yin, N., Conde, K.M., Wang, M., Bean, J.C., Han, J., Yan, Z.,Scarcelli, N.A., Sidell Potts, C.H., Yang, Y., Tong, Q., Sun, Z., Wang, C., Cai, X., Lu, L., Zhu, C., Shu, G., Qu, N., Palma, M.A., and Y. Xu. 2022. “A retina-originated neural circuit transmits light signals to suppress feeding.”

Other Articles

  1. Kibriya, S., Tkach, B., Ahn, J., Valdez Gonzalez, N., Xu, Z., & Y. Zhang. 2016. “The Effects of School-Related Gender-Based Violence on Academic Performance: Evidence from Botswana, Ghana, and South Africa.” USAID.

Works in Progress

  1. “Effect of light on food consumption and preferences” (with M.A. Palma)
  2. "Fairness, transparency, and productivity” (with V. Vitaku)
  3. "Preferences for competitiveness at varying levels” (with M.A. Palma)