Esther Arenas Arroyo

Visiting Scholar in Economics
Esther Arenas Arroyo

Esther Arenas Arroyo is an Assistant Professor at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). She obtained a Ph.D. from Queen Mary University of London in 2017. Before joining WU, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS).

Esther is a labor economist with research interests in immigration policy, human capital, child well-being, and domestic violence. Her current research agenda concerns how policies and climate disasters affect children, families, and firms. She is also working on understanding which interventions might prevent domestic violence and bullying.

Selected Publications

Police Trust and Domestic Violence: Evidence from Immigration Policies, with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Journal of Economic Geographic, Volume 22, Issue 2, March 2022, Pages 395–422. DOI:

U.S. Immigration Policy and Immigrant Fertility, with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Volume 189, September 2021, Pages 274-297. DOI:

Intimate Partner Violence under Forced Coexistence and Economic Stress: Evidence from the COVID-19 Pandemic, with Daniel Fernandez Kranz and Natalia Nollenberger, Journal of Public Economics, Volume 194, February 2021, 104350. DOI:

Is Immigration Enforcement Shaping Immigrant Marriage Patterns?, with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Chunbei Wang, Journal of Public Economics, vol.190, October 2020. DOI:

Immigration Enforcement and Children’s Living Arrangements, with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 38, No. 1, 11-40 (2019). DOI:

Interior Immigration Enforcement and Childhood Poverty in the United States, with Catalina Amuedo- Dorantes and Almudena Sevilla. Journal of Public Economics, Vol. 158, February 2018, Pages 63-78. DOI:

Scholarly Interests

Immigration, Human Capital, Health, Domestic Violence, Climate Change

Affiliated Departments

Department of Economics