Patrizio Piraino is the director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the Kellogg Institute and professor of education, labor, and development in the Keough School of Global Affairs. His research focuses on the intersection of education and development, including human capital and labor market policies in developing regions, and the broader determinants of socio-economic disadvantage. Piraino has been a Kellogg Institute faculty fellow since 2010.

Piraino was an associate professor of economics at the University of Cape Town before coming to the University of Notre Dame in the fall of 2019. He is an affiliate with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and is an associate with Equalchances.org, a world database on equality of opportunity and social mobility, and the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit.

Piraino has worked as a research economist at Statistics Canada, and has been a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the University of California at Berkeley. He previously led a large multi-institutional collaboration, involving a large number of universities from the Global South, that examined education and social measures that could alleviate poverty.

Piraino holds a laurea in political economy and a PhD in economics from Universita’ di Siena in Italy.


ISP Advisee:
Daniel Mooney

Thematic Interests

Global education; development and labor markets, with emphasis on drivers of social mobility and mechanisms of social exclusion


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