School-to-work transitions and wage outcomes of Texas populations from colonias and model subdivisions

Project Summary:

This project will study the school-to-work transitions and subsequent earnings of Texas high school students. This project will focus on some of Texas’ most socially and economically excluded populations—those living in substandard housing settlements found in unincorporated areas outside Texas border cities. This research will shed light on the efficacy of potential education and workforce interventions to assist impoverished student populations.


Carlos Olmedo is a doctoral candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, UT Austin. His Ph.D. research has focused on various dimensions of low-income housing informality, including housing and health conditions, self-help strategies, title regularization, developer foreclosure practices, and fuel poverty. His dissertation investigates the school-to-work transitions and wage inequality of geographically segregated colonia and model subdivision residents along the Texas-Mexico border.

Olmedo received a BBA in International Business (UT Austin) and a MS in Economics (UT El Paso), and was previously Associate Director for the Institute for Policy and Economic Development (UT El Paso) where he performed bi-national research. He has published in Urban Studies Journal, Land Use Policy and Geopolitics.