School of Economics and Finance

Marco Manacorda



Telephone: +44 20 7882 8836
Room Number: GC411
Office Hours: Upon appointment


Research keywords: Labour Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy, Development Economics.

Marco Manacorda is a Professor of Economics in the school of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London where he is also the School impact lead. He is also a research associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (LSE), as well as a research fellow of CEPR and IZA.

He has an interest and expertise in the Economic Analysis of Public Policies, with particular focus on Labour Markets, Welfare and Political Economy. He has written and researched on Latin America, Europe, the USA and Africa. 

An Italian National, Marco holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UCL. In the past he has been a recipient of the Nuffield Foundation New Development Fellowship in the Social Sciences and has been, among other things, a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and a Visiting Associate Professor at Princeton University.


Research Interests:

  • Economic Analysis of Public Policies, with particular focus on Labour Markets, Welfare and Political Economy


  • Amarante V., Manacorda M., Miguel E., Vigorito A. (2016) "Do Cash Transfers Improve Birth Outcomes? Evidence from Matched Vital Statistics, Social Security and Program Administrative Data" American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 8(2): 1-43.
  • Koppensteiner M., Manacorda M. (2016) "Violence and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from Homicides in Brazil" Journal of Development Economics, 119: 16-33.
  • Manacorda M. (2012) "The Cost of Grade Retention", Review of Economics and Statistics, 94.
  • Kondylis F., Manacorda M. (2012) "School Proximity and Child Labor: Evidence from Rural Tanzania", Journal of Human Resources, 47(1).
  • Manacorda M., Manning A., Wadsworth J. (2012) "The Impact of Immigration on the Structure of Male Wages: Theory and Evidence from Britain", Journal of the European Economic Association.
  • Manacorda M. (2012) "The Cost of Grade Retention" Review of Economics and Statistics, 94 (2): 596-606.
  • Manacorda M., Miguel E., Vigorito A. (2011) "Government Transfers and Political Support", American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 3(3), (lead article).
  • Manacorda M. Rosati F.C. (2011) "Industrial and Child Labor: Evidence from the Brazilian Population Census" Economic Development and Cultural Change, 59(4), 753-776.
  • Bosch M., Manacorda M. (2010) "Minimum Wages and Earnings Inequality in Urban Mexico", American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2(4).
  • Manacorda M. Sánchez-Páramo C., Schady N. (2010) "Changes in Returns to Education in Latin America: The Role of Demand and Supply of Skills" Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 63(2): 307-326.
  • Berlinski S., GalianiS., Manacorda M. (2008) "Giving Children a Better Start: Preschool Attendance and School-Age Profile" Journal of Public Economics, 92(5): 1416-1440.
  • Manacorda M. (2006) "Child Labor and the Labor Supply of Other Household Members, Evidence from 1920 America" American Economic Review, 96(5): 1788-1801.
  • Manacorda M., Moretti E. (2006) "Why Do Most Italian Youths Live with their Parents? Intergenerational Transfers and Household Structure" Journal of the European Economic Association, 4(4): 800–829.
  • Manacorda M. (2004) "Can the Scala Mobile Explain the Fall and Rise of Earnings Inequality in Italy? A Semiparametric Analysis, 1997-1993" Journal of Labor Economics, 22(3): 585-613.


Matias Brum, Barbara Masi, Bruno Nogueira Lanzer, Giulia Tagliaferri, Stefania Simion

Public Engagement

Marco has collaborated with Inter-American Development Bank, the ILO, Unicef, the OECD, World Bank and various national governments around the evaluation of public policies.

Among other things,

- he has been Research coordinator for UCW, the intra-agency (ILO, Unicef, World Bank) project on child labor and in that capacity he has sat on the Technical Advisory Group, Child Labor Education Initiative for the US Dept. of Labor.

- he has advised the Uruguayan government on the design and evaluation of El Plan de Atencion Nacional a la Emergencia Social (PANES), the country's largest emergency poverty relief program.

- he has been a member of the OECD Scientific Committee for the Review of Labor Migration Policy in the EU 2009-10.

- he is currently advising the IADB on the evaluation of the Bolivian Plan the Apoyo al Empleo.

Marco is an occasional media commentator (including for BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, RAI) and his research has been featured in several media outlets (including the Economist, the Guardian the Financial Time, TIME Magazine, Daily Telegraph, La Repubblica).