Italo Gutierrez is an economist at RAND, a core member of the RAND Center for Causal Inference, and a faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Italo’s research is predominantly in labor markets and human capital. One strand of Italo’s research focuses on the interaction between aging, health, and work. He has evaluated the effects of job insecurity on health outcomes for older workers, the effects of employers’ investment in new technologies on older workers’ employment, and the effects of entering the labor market during a recession on retirement wealth. He also studied how unemployment insurance affects older workers’ job search.

Another strand of Italo’s research focuses on policies to increase access to better-paying jobs and better working conditions. He is evaluating a job training program in New Orleans that matches the areas of training with local labor demand. He has studied formal and informal employment in developing countries and assessed what features of formal employment workers value more.

Italo has also evaluated the effects of public policies on the well-being of families and children. He studied the impact of food stamps on material hardships, and the results of an initiative to ensure disadvantaged students have access to effective teaching. He is studying an anti-bullying intervention in Peru.

Recently, Italo has also worked on projects assisting local governments with planning recovery efforts after natural disasters, from an economic and social well-being perspective.

Italo Gutierrez received a B.A. in economics from the Universidad del Pacífico (Peru) and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in March 2019.