Patrizio Piraino

Affiliated Professor
Associate Professor University of Cape Town (UCT)

Patrizio Piraino is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He was previously a Research Economist at Statistics Canada. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of California-Berkeley.

Patrizio’s main fields of interest are labor economics, education, and development. His research focuses broadly on the determinants of socioeconomic disadvantage. He has led a large cross-institutional collaborative work on “Education and Social Protection to Alleviate Poverty,” which involved a consortium of nineteen universities around the world (largely from emerging regions).

Recently, he has been involved with two randomized evaluations of programs designed to support young unemployed job seekers in South Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Labour.