IZA World of Labor
Gustavo A. Yamada

Universidad del Pacífico, Peru, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, and IZA, Germany

This is a wonderful tool for better policy design in developed and developing countries based on rigorous research and evidence. Policymakers do not have time to read through dozens of papers on the state of the art in relevant labor topics. IZA World of Labor presents the issues in an easy and accessible manner.

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Dean of Economics and Finance, Universidad del Pacífico, Peru

Research interest

Labor economics, development economics, economics of education, poverty and income distribution

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Counselor, Consejo Nacional de Educación del Perú, 2008–2020; Director, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú, 2013–2016; Vice-minister, Ministerio de Trabajo y Promoción Social del Perú, 1996–1998

Past positions

Senior Economist and Acting Chief, Sustainable Development Department, Poverty and Inequality Unit, Inter-American Development Bank, 1999–2003; Fiscal Economist, International Monetary Fund, 1998–1999; Professor and Researcher, Universidad del Pacífico, 1994–1998


PhD Economics, Columbia University, 1993

Selected publications

  • “Labor market discrimination in Lima, Peru: Evidence from a field experiment.” World Development 58 (2014): 83–94 (with F. Galarza).

  • “What holds the job in the public sector: An exploratory study of the meaning of organizational values in the public sector in Peru.” Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology 29 (2013): 15–20 (with R. Bavel and S. Dolan).

  • “Declining higher education quality affects postsecondary choices: The Peruvian case.” International Higher Education 68 (2013): 26–28 (with J. F. Castro).

  • “Returns to higher education in the labor market: The case of Peru.” El Trimestre Económico 302 (2009): 485-511.

  • “Education attainment, growth and poverty reduction within the MDG framework: Simulations and costing for the Peruvian case.” The Journal of Economic Policy Reform 12 (2009): 57–73 (with J. F. Castro).