The authors of Jobs for Growth

Verónica Alaimo is an economist in the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). She joined the Bank in 2008 as a social development specialist in the Social protection and Health Division. She leads IDB research on protection against unemployment risks, and participates in the design and implementation of Bank projects in the labor markets sector throughout the region. Before joining the IDB, she was a consultant at The World Bank. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007, and her M.A. and B.A. in Economics from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.


Mariano Bosch is a senior specialist at the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Since joining the IDB in 2011, he has been leading research projects in the area of labor markets, pensions and welfare policies. Prior to joining the Bank, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and as an assistant professor at the University of Alicante in Spain. He has published articles in the area of labor markets and development in refereed journals such as American Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Development Economics, World Bank Economic Review and Labor Economics. He has a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics.


David Kaplan is a senior labor market specialist in the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) since 2010. Prior to joining the IDB, he worked as a research economist at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; as an assistant professor of economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México; and as a private sector development specialist at the World Bank. He is an expert in labor markets in developing countries, particularly in the areas of labor regulations and social insurance. He has published research articles in journals such as the Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University in 1998.


Carmen Pagés Carmen Pagés-Serrais the Chief of the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Previously, she was a principal research economist at the IDB’s Research Department and led key publications such as The Age of Productivity: Transforming Economies from the Bottom Up,the latest editions of the Bank’s annual flagship publication, the Development in the Americas (DIA). She is also the author of the book Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean jointly with the Nobel Laureate Prof. James Heckman and two additional books ( Good Jobs Wanted: Labor Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean and Job Creation in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Trends and Policy Challenges ). She has published extensively in leading academic and policy journals in the areas of labor markets, social security and productivity. Prior to joining the IDB, she worked as a senior labor economist at the World Bank from 2004 to 2006. She holds a M.A. degree in economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and a Ph. D. in economics from Boston University.


Laura Ripani is alead economist at the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). At the IDB she specializes in the area of labor markets, with special interest in improving labor markets opportunities for youth and studying the link between social protection programs and labor market outcomes. Prior to joining the IDB, she worked at the Poverty and Gender Group ofLatin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank on projects related to the link between poverty and labor markets in Latin America. Shereceived a Ph.D. and a M.A. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and holds a Licenciatura and a M.A. in Economics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina. At the University of Illinois, she was a research fellow at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, the Center for Advanced Study and the Disability Research Institute in different projects related to health economics, disability and welfare economics. She also taught economics at the National University of La Plata.

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