Patrizio Piraino is the director of the Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity at the Kellogg Institute and an associate professor 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 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.
Global education; development and labor markets, with emphasis on drivers of social mobility and mechanisms of social exclusion
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Piraino Examines the Gender Gap in Academic Research
Aug 8, 2022
Faculty Fellow and Ford Program Director Patrizio Piraino conducted a study in South Africa focusing on how the pandemic directly affected women in research and what hindered them from producing their work.
Piraino Named Director of Ford Program
Feb 4, 2021
The Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, a research initiative of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, announces the appointment of Faculty Fellow Patrizio Piraino as its new director.
Piraino Investigates the Relationship between Reference Letters and Employer Responses in South Africa
Jul 15, 2020
Faculty Fellow Patrizio Piraino (global affairs) and his research team published a paper titled, “The Value of Reference Letters: Experimental Evidence from South Africa” which was cited in the American Economics Association “Chart of the Week” series.