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Inter-American Development Bank, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Research interest

Latin America and the Caribbean, labor markets, social security, informality, productivity, job creation, education, unemployment

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Chief, Labor Markets Division, Inter-American Development Bank, 2009–2017; Principal Research Economist, Inter-American Development Bank 2006–2009, Senior Labor Market Economist, The World Bank, 2004–2006

Past positions

Instructor in the V Summer School for East and Central Europe: Economics of the Market, Bulgaria, 1995; Lecturer, Boston University, 1994-1995


PhD Economics, Boston University

Selected publications

  • “Productivity and resource misallocation in Latin America.” The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics 13:1 (2013): 30 (with M. Busso and L. Madrigal).

  • Does Expanding Health Insurance Beyond Formal-Sector Workers Encourage Informality?: Measuring the Impact of Mexico's Seguro Popular. IDB Publications (Working Papers) 81001, Inter-American Development Bank, 2011 (with R. Aterido and M. Hallward-Driemeier).

  • “Big constraints to small firms’ growth? Business environment and employment growth across firms.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 59:3 (2011) 609-647 (with R. Aterido and M. Hallward-Driemeier).

  • Good Jobs Wanted: Labor Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean. New York, 2003.

  • Better Pensions, Better Jobs: Towards Universal Pension Coverage New York: Inter-American Development Bank, 2013 (with M. Bosch and A. Melguizo).