With the appointment of Rodrigo, Insper now has two Brazil-based elected researchers who had received such recognition. Professor Sergio Firpo, the holder of the Unibanco Institute Chair, was elected a fellow at the end of 2017. Currently, there are about 500 Econometric Society fellows alive in the world.
Rodrigo joined Insper in July 2020 to take on the position of Holder of the Lemann Foundation Chair at Insper. He is the Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Columbia University’s Department of Economics since 2016.
His research focuses on development economics, covering health economics, demography, crime, labor economics, history, and economics of institutions. His work has been featured in major scientific journals on economics, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Journal:Applied Economics, and Journal of Development Economics, among many others. Learn more about some of Rodrigo’s works here.
In 2006, he received International Health Economics Association’s Kenneth J. Arrow Award for the best work published in the field. Rodrigo is also a researcher at the Institute of Labor Economics – IZA (Germany), an affiliated researcher at J-PAL Latin America, and an associate editor of the Journal of Human Capital, Journal of Demographic Economics, and IZA Journal of Development and Migration. He is an honorary member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) as well.
Rodrigo earned a Bachelor’s in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais – UFMG (1994) and a Masters in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro – PUC-Rio (1997). In 2002, he received his Ph.D. in Economics under the advising of Gary S. Becker at the University of Chicago. Before Columbia, Rodrigo taught at Fundação Getulio Vargas – FGV’s São Paulo School of Economics, PUC-Rio, the University of Maryland, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
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