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Economic Mobility and the Rise of Latin American Middle Class

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 1512

Speaker: Lus F. Lpez-Calva is Lead Economist at the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean Directorate for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management, at The World Bank. He served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP in New York from 2007 to 2010. Previously, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Center for International Development at Stanford University, on leave from his position as Associate Professor and Chair of the Masters in Public Economics at Tecnolgico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. Lpez-Calva has also taught at Universidad de la Amricas, Puebla and El Colegio de Mxico. He is a Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association and is Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and Well-being and Social Policy. Lpez-Calva has Masters in Economics from Boston University, and a Masters and PhD in Economics from Cornell University. His publications and research interests focus on labor markets, poverty and inequality, institutions and development economics.

Speaker: Francisco H. G. Ferreira is a Lead Economist at the World Bank's Research Department and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). During his World Bank career, he has also served as Deputy Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as a co-Director of the World Development Report 2006, on Equity and Development. He is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Economic Inequality, and also serves on the editorial boards of the Review of Income and Wealth, the World Bank Economic Review and the Economic Analysis Review.
Francisco has been awarded the Adriano Romariz Duarte and the Haralambos Simeonides Prizes by the Brazilian Economic and Econometric Societies, and the Kendricks Prize by the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth. Between 1999 and 2002, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio). Nowadays, he is a frequent academic visitor at the Paris School of Economics. He was born and raised in So Paulo, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Moderated by: Jose Antonio Ocampo, a Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs, Fellow of the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University, and a Director of Economic and Political Development Concentration at SIPA.

Sponsored by the Economic and Political Development concentration and the Institute of Latin American Studies.