Julio Elias focuses on health economics, economic development, the economics of education and labor economics. He applies economic concepts in unorthodox ways by exploring relationships between unemployment and the marriage market, health, education and crime. He also studies the impact of allowing remuneration for organ donations.
He has published articles in the Journal of Economic Perspectives and the Latin American Journal of Economics. He has written chapters in several books and refereed for the Journal of Political Economy, the American Economic Review, and Contemporary Economic Policy.
He earned his BA from the Universidad Di Tella in 1996 and his PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2005.