Hi, I am Julián!

Welcome to my site. I'm a lead economist at the research department of the Inter - American Development Bank (IDB). I recently published two books. In Wage Inequality in Latin America, Joana Silva and I study the labor market determinants of the remarkable inequality decline that took place during the 2000s in Latin American countries. In Learning Better: Public Policy for Skills Development, the 2017 flagship report of the IDB that I co-edited with several colleagues, we show how evidence-based public policy can help governments improve skills in Latin America. We launched a website with the book, the SkillsBank, where all the available evidence on what works and what doesn´t in skills development policy is summarized and can be easily accessed. Check it out!

My research interests focus on labor market dynamics including the determinants of job creation and destruction and wage setting. I am also interested in the role of institutions and regulations, such as employment protection and the minimum wage, on labor market outcomes including unemployment, informality and inequality, and I have worked on issues related to education, skills and entrepreneurship. On this site you will find links to my most recent papers, published articles and books. You can also find more information about me and links to my papers at IDEAS and Google Scholar. I am an editor of ECONOMIA, the Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Association, and I often write blogs at Ideas Matter, NadaEsGratis, and VOXEU