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Fields of interest: Econometrics, Development Economics, Education Economics, Labor Economics and Political Economics
Sergio Firpo is Full Professor of the Unibanco Institute Chair at Insper. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Campinas (Unicamp) (1996), a master’s degree in Economics from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) (1999), and a master’s degree in Statistics (2002) and a Ph.D. in Economics (2003) from the University of California at Berkeley. Previously he was Assistant Professor in the Economics departments at the University of British Columbia (2003–2006) and at PUC-Rio (2004–2008) and an Associate Professor in the São Paulo School of Economics at the Getúlio Vargas Foundation (EESP-FGV) (2008–2015).
He is a member of the Econometric Society and, since 2007, a member of the Standing Committee for Latin America. He is a Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) since 2009, a 1-D researcher at the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) and a founding member of the National Institute of Education Science and Technology, Economic Development and Social Inclusion. From 2007 to 2010, he was editor of the Brazilian Review of Econometrics.
He conducts research in microeconometrics, with theoretical and applied contributions to the following fields: labor economics, education economics economic development and political economics. His papers have been published in various international scientific journals, such as Econometrica, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic Inequality, and in chapters of books, such as “Handbook of Labor Economics.” In recognition of his academic work, he received awards from the Brazilian Society of Econometrics in 2015 and 2014 (first and second place, respectively, in the Econometrics category), the Econometric Society in 2009 (Simonsen Lecture) and the National Association of Graduate Centers in Economics (ANPEC) in 2007 (Haralambos Simeonidis Award). His research has been financed by CNPq, CAPES, a federal agency regulating stricto sensu graduate programs, the São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). As a consultant, he has collaborated with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Industry Confederation (CNI), the São Paulo State Research Support Foundation (FAPESP), the Federal Accounting Court (TCU), Itaú Social Foundation and Unibanco Institute.