Pablo Acosta

World Bank, USA, and IZA, Germany

I hope this research can be useful for policymakers to reconsider efforts toward fostering skills driven by demand, including traditionally overlooked ones such as socio-emotional skills. I recommend IZA WoL for the efforts in disseminating evidence-based synthesized research

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Economist, The World Bank, The Philippines

Research interest

Labor economics, education, development economics, migration, skills development

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Economist at the World Bank

Past positions

Assistant Instructor of Macroeconomics, University of Illnois at Urbana-Champaign, USA (2004–2005)


PhD Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006

Selected publications

  • “School attendance, child labour, and remittances from international migration in El Salvador.” Journal of Development Studies 47:6 (2011): 913–936.

  • “Promotion dynamics and the Peter Principle: Incumbents vs. external hires.” Labor Economics 17:6 (2010): 975–986.

  • “What is the impact of international remittances on poverty and inequality in Latin America?” World Development 36:1 (2008): 89–114 (with C. Calderon, P. Fanjzylber, and H. Lopez).

  • "Remittances and the Dutch disease." Journal of International Economics 79:1 (2009): 102–116 (with E. K. K. Lartey and F. S. Mandelman).

  • Minds and Behaviors at Work: Boosting Socioemotional Skills for Latin America’s Workforce. Directions in Development–Human Development. Washington, DC: World Bank, 2016 (with W. Cunningham and N. Muller).