SIPA Faculty-Rodrigo Soares

Rodrigo Soares

Lemann Family Foundation Visiting Professor of Brazilian Studies

SIPA Faculty-Rodrigo Soares

International Affairs Building, Room 830

Personal Details

Focus areas: health and demographic economics, crime and violence, labor economics, history and institutions

Rodrigo R. Soares is Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs and Affiliated Professor of Economics at Columbia University. His research centers on development economics, ranging from health and demographic economics, to crime, labor economics, and history and institutions. His work has appeared in various scientific journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Development Economics, among various others. Before joining Columbia, Rodrigo taught at the Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV, PUC-Rio, the University of Maryland, and the Harvard School of Public Health.

In 2006, he was awarded the Kenneth J. Arrow Award from the International Health Economics Association for the best paper published in the field of Health Economics. Rodrigo is research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Germany), research affiliate at J-PAL Latin America, and associate editor of the Journal of Human Capital, of the Journal of Demographic Economics, and of the IZA Journal of Development & Migration. He is also an honorary member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. Rodrigo has acted as a consultant for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and state governments in Brazil on issues related to crime and violence, health, and development. He received his PhD in Economics under the guidance of Gary S. Becker at the University of Chicago in 2002.


  • PhD,  University of Chicago
  • MA, PUC-Rio, Brazil 
  • BA, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil


  • Associate Editor: Journal of Human Capital, IZA Journal of Development and Migration, Journal of Demographic Economics
  • Other Positions: Research Fellow at IZA, Research Affiliate at J-PAL Latin America, Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Development Economics and Policy

Honors and Awards

  • Elected Fellow - Econometric Society
  • Honorary Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association
  • 2008 Mário Henrique Simonsen Lecture at the 25th Latin American Meeting of the Econometric Society
  • 2006 Kenneth J. Arrow Award for Best Health Economics Paper (International Health Economics Association)
  • 2003 Brazilian National Award for Best Ph.D. Dissertation in Economics (Prêmio Haralambos Simeonidis Tese – ANPEC).

Research And Publications