Gustavo Gonzaga

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Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, EUA, 1993
Labour Economics

Gustavo Gonzaga has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, and master and bachelor degrees in Economics from PUC-Rio. He has been an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics at PUC-Rio since 1993, currently holding the Itaú-Unibanco Chair of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development. He has been head of the Department of Economics at PUC-Rio (1997-1999), postgraduate chair (2003 -2008 and 2012-2020) and undergraduate chair (1993-1995). His main line of research is in Labor Economics, focused on analyzing the impacts of labor market institutions in Brazil on employment and turnover. In particular, he studies how Brazilian labor legislation generates perverse incentives that helps to explain the high rate of job turnover, contributing to the low labor productivity in the country. His recent research addresses the unemployment insurance system and firing costs, among other subjects. His current research agenda with Brazilian data also includes: i) gender wage differentials; ii) the Minha Casa, Minha Vida program; iii) income inequality and informality; iv) the labor market in the Legal Amazon; v) the mobile broadband expansion; vi) the effects of the minimum wage; and vii) the impacts of professional training programs. His works are on the frontier of Labor Economics with Economic Development, Public Finance and International Economics, and have been published in prestigious international journals, such as the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Quantitative Economics, Labor Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Economía: Journal of the Latin American and Economic Association and in the main economic journals in Brazil. He is responsible for creating, updating and maintaining Datazoom, a popular tool for accessing microdata from IBGE household surveys (Censuses, PNAD, PNAD-Continuous, PME and POF) launched in 2014, and Datazoom Amazônia, launched in 2021.

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