Barbara Petrongolo contributes to report on ‘Development in the Americas'

Professor of Economics and Professorial Fellow of Nuffield College Barbara Petrongolo will be contributing to an influential publication on ‘Development in the Americas’ being published by the Inter-American Development Bank in 2023.

The report will focus on gender inequalities and policies that can help close existing gaps in the region, and will draw on Professor Petrongolo’s extensive research in the area.

During a ten-month partnership, Barbara’s research into the causes of gender inequalities in labour market outcomes – from a historical perspective and across countries – will help inform the findings of the report. Her research places an emphasis on the role of employment selection mechanisms, structural transformation, and interactions within the household.

The Inter-American Development Bank works to improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean and provides loans, grants, and technical assistance, as well as conducting extensive research.

Barbara’s wide-ranging work also includes the recent publication of ‘Monopsony in Local Labour Markets’, written with Alan Manning, Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics, which was published as part of the IFS Deaton Review of Inequalities in March.

Recent notable keynote and special lectures have included an address to a Royal Economic Society (RES) event at the University of Reading on ‘Gender balance in the household and workplace in the Covid recovery’ in April.