Alysson Lorenzon Portella

Insper Institute of Education and Research, Brazil

Research in economics, and especially labor economics, has much to contribute to policy-making. A healthy economy is essential for a healthy society and democracy. As researchers, it is not our job to set policy goals, but provide society with the best knowledge available so we can make the most informed decisions on matters that affects all of us.

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Post-doctoral Researcher, Insper Institute of Education and Research, Brazil

Research interest

Labor economics, Economics of Education, Racial Inequality

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to Institute Itaú Educação e Trabalho on the expansion of cocational education and training in Brazil


PhD in Business Economics, Insper Institute of Education and Research, Brazil, 2021

Selected publications

  • "Racial social norms among Brazilian students: Academic performance, popularity, and racial identification." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 119:27 (2022): e2117956119 (with C. Kirschbaum and N. Menezes-Filho).

  • “Brazil: Employment and inequality trends". In: C. Grad́ın, P. Lewandowski, S. Schotte, and K. Sen (eds), Tasks, Skills, and Institutions: The Changing Nature of Work and Inequality, chapter 13. Oxford University Press, 2023 (with S. Firpo, F. Riva and G. Ubida).