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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, Policy Evaluaton.

Marco Manacorda is a Professor of Economics and Public Policy 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.

His interests and expertise are at the intersection of political economy, labour and public economics. He has written and researched on Latin America, Europe, the USA and Africa. 

An Italian National, Marco holds a PhD 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 Professor at Princeton, EIEF and Bocconi.


Research Interests:

Marco Manacorda has written and researched on Latin America, Europe, the USA and Africa.

He has contributed to several literatures, including Migration, Family Arrangements, Fertility, Child Labor, Schooling, Early Child Development, Social Protection, Unemployment, Skills Mismatch, Labor Market Informality, Wage Inequality, Violence, Corruption, Voting and Political participation.

His work appears, among other outlets, in the American Economic Review, The American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, The American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, The Journal of the European Economic Association, The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of Public Economics and The Journal of Development Economics.


  • Manacorda M., Tesei A. "Liberation Technology: Mobile Phones and Political Mobilization in Africa", Econometrica (forthcoming)
  • Gagliarducci S., Manacorda M. "Politics in the Family: Nepotism and the Hiring Decisions of Italian Firms", American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, (forthcoming)
  • Dachille G., Rosati F., Manacorda M., Ranzani M. (2017) "Pathways from school to work in the developing world", IZA Journal of Labor Development.
  • 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.


Past (field and first destination):

  • Tommaso Colussi (Labour Economics, Research Associate IZA)
  • Barbara Masi (Economics of Education, fixed term lecturer (Professor visitante)) U. Autonoma Barcelona)
  • Bruno Nogueira Lanzer (Political Economy, Post-doc FGV San Paulo)
  • Giulia Tagliaferri (Economics of Identity, Economist Behavioural insight unit)
  • Stefania Simion (Economics of Education, teaching Fellow U. of Edinburgh)
  • Martin Foureaux Koppensteiner (Development Economics, Assistant professor (Lecturer) U. of Leicester)



  • Laura Pérez Cervera (Media),
  • Mikkel Baggesgaard Mertz (Crime),
  • Viola Salvestrini (Economics of Education)

Public Engagement

Marco Manacorda has an interest in the interaction between research and policy making. In the past, he has been a member of the OECD Scientific Committee for the Review of Labor Migration Policy in the EU and Lead Research Advisor for UCW, the UNICEF-ILO-World Bank program on child labor and, in this role, member of the United States Department of Labour Education Initiative Technical Advisory Group. He has worked on the design and evaluation of the Uruguayan Plan de Atencion Nacional a la Emergencia Social. He sat on the Inter-American Development Bank Crime Prevention Roundtable and has advised and consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank, the Word Bank, UNICEF and ILO on themes of labor markets, social assistance, early child development, migration and citizens’ security.

His research is regularly featured in the media, including The Guardian, The Financial Time, The Economist, Le Monde, The Independent, TIME Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica. He is also also an occasional TV and Radio commentator, having appeared on Al Jazeera, CNN, BBC, Voice of America and he occasionally writes for Vox.

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