Sergio Firpo

Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow

Sergio Firpo is Instituto Unibanco Professor of Economics at Insper in São Paulo, Brazil. He received his PhD in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 2003. He was an assistant professor of economics at the University of British Columbia, (2003–06) and at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2004–08), and an associate professor at the Sao Paulo School of Economics (2008–15) before joining Insper in January 2016.

His main research interests are microeconometrics, policy evaluation, labor economics, development economics and empirical political economy.

His works have appeared at many peer-reviewed journals and books, including Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Human Resources, and Handbook of Labor Economics. Firpo is an Elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), the Global Labor Organization (GLO) and the Center for Evaluation and Development (C4ED). He is currently Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Economics and Statistics, and of the Journal of Econometric Methods.

Professor Firpo is part of UNU-WIDER’s Inequalities – measurement, implications, and influencing change project. He is mainly involved in the work on the sub-component, Earnings Inequality and Structural Change, which addresses policy challenges in achieving Goal 8 on decent work and economic growth, Goal 9 on industry, innovation and infrastructure, and Goal 10 on reduced inequalities, in the Sustainable Developments Goals Agenda.