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 About the UFRJ

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) has recently completed 90 years of existence. It is the most important federal university of Brazil. UFRJ has about 3,500 professors and 30,000 students, working in several areas of knowledge. It is a public and free university.

The Institute of Economics of UFRJ (IE-UFRJ) is a major centre for teaching and research in economics in Brazil. It has a staff of approximately 80 professors. It operates in undergraduate and graduate level with about 1500 students. Its main areas of research are industrial economics, macroeconomics, development economics and public policy.

UFRJ key staff members

Joao Saboia João Saboia, is Full Professor of IE-UFRJ. He holds a PhD degree in Operations Research from the University of California, Berkeley. He works mainly on labour and industrial economics. He has a long experience in research and consulting activities for international institutions such as ILO, World Bank, ECLAC, UNICEF and Brazilian institutions such as CNI, BNDES, SEBRAE, SENAI, IPEA, FINEP and Labour Ministry.    

Lena Lavinas, is Associate Professor at IE-UFRJ. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris. She teaches Welfare Economics and Public Policy Evaluation Methods. She has carried out researches on poverty, inequality and social protection systems that have been published mostly in Brazil. She is now conducting a survey on the impact of Information Technology on poverty reduction among elementary school kids in five Brazilian municipalities.

Valéria Pero, is Adjoint professor at IEUFRJ. She holds a PhD in Economics from UFRJ. Her research areas are Labour Economics, Income Inequality and Poverty, working on the following topics: labour market, social and income mobility, favela, microfinance and public policy evaluation.

Alexis Saludjian, is Adjoint Professor in Development and international economics at IE-UFRJ. He holds a PhD. in Economics at the Paris 13 University and focuses his researches on macroeconomic volatility, economic crises and poverty vulnerability in the American Southern Cone.

Marta Reis Castilho, holds a PhD on International Economics from Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne. She is currently Adjoint Professor in International Economics at IE-UFRJ. She is an associated member of the DIAL research group of the Université Paris-Dauphine and has worked as consultant for several international and national organisms as ECLAC/UN, ITC/WTO/UNCTAD and IPEA.

Jairo Nicolau holds a PhD degree in Political Science at IUPERJ. He has experience in political science with emphasis on Representative Institutions and Political Behaviour, acting on the following topics: elections, party system, political parties, electoral system and political reform. He is Full Professor of Political Science at UFRJ.


The Institute of Economics of UFRJ has a long tradition in studies in international, industrial and labour economics as well as in social security and public policy. In addition to individual publications in the area covered by the project NOPOOR, its researchers have contributed regularly to studies commissioned by Brazilian and foreign institutions.

Relevant references

Castilho M. R., Menendez M., Sztulman A. 2010, « Trade Liberalisation, Inequality and Poverty in Brazilian States »,XV Annual Meeting of Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, Medellin.

Lavinas L. 2008, « Pobreza urbana no Brasil, trade-off entre investimentos sociais e transferências de renda ». In Ziccardi A. (Org.). Procesos de urbanización de la pobreza y nuevas formas de exclusión social. Bogotá, Siglo del Hombre Editores.

Nicolau J., 2010, « Democracy in Brazil, 1985-2006: Volume 1: Moving Toward Cartelization », In Lawson K., Lanzaro J. (org.). Political Parties and Democracy: The Americas. London: Praeger.

Pero V., Cardoso A. ; Elias P., 2008, « Segregação espacial e discriminação no mercado de trabalho: o caso das favelas do Rio de Janeiro ». In Araujo N., Guimarães N. et al. (orgs), Mercado de Trabalho e Oportunidades, Editora FGV, Rio de Janeiro,

Saboia J., 2009, « Salaire Minimum et Distribution du Revenu au Brésil – Évolutions et Résultats de Simulations », Revue Tiers Monde, n. 199.

Saludjian A., 2010, Mercosur: economic integration, instability and social vulnerability, Éditions Universitaires