Rodrigo R. Soares

Columbia University, USA, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, USA

Research interest

Development, health, human capital, population, crime

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and state governments in Brazil on issues related to health, development, and crime and violence

Past positions

Professor, Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV, 2013–2016; Associate Professor, PUC-Rio, 2007–2013; Assistant Professor, PUC-Rio, 2005-2007; Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, 2002–2006


PhD Economics, University of Chicago, 2002

Selected publications

  • "The use of violence in illegal markets: Evidence from mahogany trade in the Brazilian Amazon." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9:4 (2017) (with A. B. Chimeli).

  • "Human capital persistence and development." American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 9:4 (2017) (with C. Ferraz and R. Rocha).

  • "The demographic transition and the sexual division of labor." Journal of Political Economy 116:6 (2008): 1058–1104 (with B. Falcão).

  • "Mortality reductions, educational attainment, and fertility choice." American Economic Review 95:3 (2005): 580–601.

  • "The quantity and quality of life and the evolution of world inequality." American Economic Review 95:1 (2005): 277–291 (with G. S. Becker and T. J. Philipson).