Gustavo Javier Canavire-Bacarreza is Director in the Center for Research on Economics and Finance at Universidad EAFIT in Medellin, Colombia. Previously he was Research Associate at the International Center for Public Policy in the Department of Economics at Georgia State University. He received a PhD in Economics and a MA in Economics from Georgia State University and got an advanced studies degree from Kiel University in Germany. Prior to this he got the degree of Licenciatura from Universidad Catolica Boliviana.

His main research interests are labor markets and development, microeconometrics, public finance, poverty, growth and trade.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in August 2008 and became a Research Fellow in January 2013.