Parallel session
Markets and inequality

Parallel 1.2 | Room 2: Wednesday, 5 October 2022, 11:00-12:30 (UTC-5)

This session is organized and sponsored jointly with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The papers in the session are produced for the LACIR project. LACIR investigates why inequality in Latin American and the Caribbean countries continues to be high, despite the important structural economic and social changes. In particular, the papers investigate how markets play a role in the persistent inequality.


11:00-12:30 (UTC-5)

Ana María Ibáñez | Chair and presenter

Land and income inequality in Latin America

Ana María Ibáñez is a Principal Economics Advisor at the IDB. She is the former Dean of the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and the Director of the research center (CEDE). Her research concentrates on the microeconomic analysis of internal conflict and migration. She studies the economic consequences of internal conflict, in particular the costs of war and conflict upon the civil population. The other strand of her research explores the causes and consequences of forced and economic migration.

Julián Messina | Presenter

Markups, markdowns, monopoly rents and monopsony power: The relationship between market concentration and inequality

Julián Messina is a senior researcher at the Economics Department of the University of Alicante. He previously worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the European Central Bank, and he taught in several universities. His research interests include labor economics, inequality, and the economics of education. He has written several books and his research has been published in top academic journals. Dr. Messina obtained his PhD. in Economics at the European University Institute in 2002.

Renata Narita | Presenter

Labor market turnover and inequality

Renata Narita is a Full Professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Department of Economics. Her research has focused on labor markets in developing countries. In particular, she estimates job search models to evaluate the impact of governmental policies such as payroll tax and enforcement of legal labor on welfare, employment, informality and wages. She previously worked as a consultant for the World Bank and at the Brazilian Ministry of Finance. Narita received her Ph.D in economics from University College London.