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 has served as the Editor of the Brazilian Review of Econometrics and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business Economics and Statistics, and of the Journal of Econometric Methods.
He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2009.