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

Journal Articles

Piraino, Patrizio, C. Ardington and R. Moshoeshoe. "The effect of the Free Primary Education policy on school enrollment and relative grade attainment in Lesotho." Journal of African Economies (2019).
Piraino, Patrizio and M. Pellicer. “The effect of non-personnel resources on educational outcomes: evidence from South Africa.” Development and Cultural Change (2019).
Piraino, Patrizio, M. Abel, R. Burger and Eliana Carranza. “Bridging the intention-behavior gap? The effect of plan-making prompts on job search and employment.”  American Economic Journal: Applied Economics (2019).

Book Chapters

Piraino Patrizio, M. Corak). “Intergenerational earnings mobility and the inheritance of employers”.  Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy. Vol II. Kaushik Basu and Joseph Stiglitz (eds.) Palgrave, 2016.
Piraino, Patrizio, R. Haveman, T. Smeeding, K. Wilson. “Child Development and Social Mobility.” From Parents To Children, John Ermisch, Markus Jantti, and Tim Smeeding (eds). Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.

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