Insper’s endowed chairs draw on donations from its partners and friends to support research conducted by prominent academics. Their studies are translated into public policies and applied knowledge that are debated and shared with society. Four projects currently symbolize this partnership between Insper and private organizations: IFB (education, labor market, health, socioenvironmental impact, etc.), Instituto Ayrton Senna (public policies for education managers), Instituto Unibanco (quality of secondary education), Instituto Palavra Aberta (political freedom and freedom of speech); and Instituto Escolhas (economics and the environment). We also have an endowed chair dedicated exclusively to research and teaching in the field of business administration, the Chafi Haddad Chair. In the same field, we have as well a chair dedicated to research on scale-up companies, the Endeavor Chair.

Ruth Cardoso

Established in 2018, the Ruth Cardoso Chair integrates the activities of the Center for Public Policy (CPP), through the production of research for encouraging the debate on and evaluation of public policies in Brazil. The chair is the result of a donation from the Haddad Foundation and has Professor Naercio Menezes Filho as its head researcher.

The chair’s studies, which are focused on public policy research, prioritize equal opportunities, with attention to early childhood and primary education. They also act in the analysis of the rates of violence and productivity growth.

The work of anthropologist Ruth Cardoso during Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s administration helped to make public a huge database which contributed to the evaluation of public policy performance.

Instituto Ayrton Senna Chair

The Instituto Ayrton Senna Chair was established in March 2015, and its main objective is to foster the development of studies and research projects that serve as an empirical database for the creation of public policies in the field of education.

Its holder is Ricardo Paes de Barros, a Ph.D. in Economics from Chicago University. He coordinates the Center for Sciences in Education, and besides the production of studies, includes in his activities classes and research projects linked to the impact analysis of various educational programs that are currently underway in Brazil and worldwide, as well as seeks to establish the bridge between the findings of science and the design of public policies.

Students and professors involved in this project are dedicated to collecting data and conducting studies that direct evidence-based efforts to the improvement of Brazilian educational institutions. Such information will be available to Education departments.

This chair is part of the activities that have been developed for 20 years by Instituto Ayrton Senna — where Professor Paes de Barros serves as chief economist —, to conduct improvements in primary education. Since its beginnings, the institution’s objective has been to encourage dialogue between academia and public policy administrators in search of qualification of educational initiatives.

Unibanco Institute Chair

We joined forces with the Unibanco Institute for the creation of the Unibanco Institute Chair at Insper.

The purpose of the chair, which is led by Professor Sergio Pinheiro Firpo, is to promote research projects, studies, papers, and events that shed light on the debate about the quality of education in High School, technical education, the Brazilian National High School Examination (ENEM, for its acronym in Portuguese, and also about the Jovem do Futuro (Youth of the Future), a project fostered by Unibanco Institute that aims the continuous improvement of school administration focused on the learning results of students at public High Schools.

High School

  • Technical High School: Compensation and future employability.
  • High School occupations, wage evolution, and productivity.
  • High School quality and long-term effects on wages and sector choice.

 Jovem de Futuro Program

  • Role of supervisors in school climate and administration.
  • Heterogeneity of effects: The role of initial conditions.
  • Heterogeneity of effects: Differentiated accession and administrators’ choices.
  • JFP’s long-term effects on employment and income.

Chafi Haddad Chair in Business Administration

The Chaffi Haddad Chair is the result of a donation from the Claudio Haddad family and aims to promote research and debates focused on the field of administration, targeting the relationship between the public and private sectors, as well as topics on business strategy and investments with high social and environmental impact. It was created in August 2016 and has Sergio Lazzarini as chair holder.

Lazzarini holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration (in the fields of Organization and Strategy) from John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University. He joined Insper in 2002 and is a professor and researcher. Professor Lazzarini has served as the coordinator of Insper’s Undergraduate Program in Business Administration, Dean of Undergraduate and Masters Programs, and Dean of Graduate Stricto Sensu Programs and Research. He also coordinates our Center for Impact Measurement, Insper Metricis.

Who was Chafi Haddad?

Chafi Haddad served as Professor of Mathematics at the College of Philosophy of the former University of Brazil (which today is the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ). He was also a lawyer and businessman and always considered himself above all a teacher. He received the title of “Citizen of the State” from the Legislative Assembly of Rio de Janeiro, especially for what he did in the field of education.