Pablo A. Acosta, an Argentinean national, received his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006 and joined the World Bank in 2008 where he works as a Senior Economist in the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice. Prior to his position at the World Bank, he worked at the Andean Development Corporation (CAF, Venezuela), at the Ministry of Economy in Argentina, and the Foundation for Latin American Economic Research (FIEL, Argentina). His main areas of interest are labor economics, migration, skills, and international trade. He has also published work in the area of internal labor markets and wage inequality.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in November 2011.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 9403

This paper examines the relationship between individuals' skills and labor market outcomes for the working-age population of Colombia's urban areas. Using a 2012 unique household survey, the paper finds that cognitive skills (aptitudes to perform mental tasks such as comprehension or reasoning) and socio-emotional skills (personality traits and behaviors) matter...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6244

It has been argued that a factor behind the decline in income inequality in Latin America in the 2000s was the educational upgrading of its labor force. Between 1990 and 2010, the proportion of the labor force in the region with at least secondary education increased from 40 to 60...

IZA Policy Paper No. 34

This paper compares for 13 Latin American countries the poverty and inequality impacts of cash transfer programs that are given to all children and the elderly (that is, "categorical" transfers), to programs of equal budget that are confined to the poor within each population group (that is, "poverty targeted" transfers)....