Hi, I am Julián!

Welcome to my site. I'm a labor economist working for the research department of the Inter - American Development Bank (IDB). This year I published two books. In Wage Inequality in Latin America we study the labor market determinants of the ramarkable inequality decline in Latin American countries. I also co-edited the latest flagship report of the IDB, Learning Better: Public Policy for Skills Development, which shows 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!

A little bit more about me. 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 am increasingly writing blogs on Latin American labor market issues at Ideas Matter and VOXEU