Jamele Rigolini

World Bank, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Lead Economist and Program Leader, World Bank, USA

Research interest

Social protection, human development, labor markets, innovation, and economic growth

Past positions

Assistant Professor, University of Warwick Economics Department, UK (2004)


PhD Economics, New York University, 2004

Selected publications

  • Left Behind: Chronic Poverty in Latin America and the Caribbean. World Bank, 2016 (with R. Vakis and L. Lucchetti).

  • Social Insurance, Informality, and Labor Markets: How to Protect Workers While Creating Good Jobs. Oxford University Press, 2014 (with M. Froehlich, D. Kaplan, C. Pages, and D. Robalino).

  • Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class. World Bank, 2013 (with F. H. G. Ferreira, J. Messina, L.-F. Lopez-Calva, M. A. Lugo, and R. Vakis).

  • “Do middle classes bring about institutional reforms?” Economic Letters 116:3 (2012): 440–444 (with N. Loayza and G. Llorente).

  • “Development and the interaction of enforcement institutions.” Journal of Public Economics 95 (2011): 79–87 (with A. Dhillon).