Patrizio Piraino

Associate Professor of Education, Labor, and Development

2144 Jenkins Nanovic Halls
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-5178
ppiraino@nd.edu

Patrizio Piraino

Associate Professor of Education, Labor, and Development


Areas of expertise: Global education; development and labor markets, with emphasis on drivers of social mobility and mechanisms of social exclusion.


Patrizio Piraino is an applied microeconomist with a focus on education, labor, and development. Over the years he has gained extensive expertise on issues related to global socioeconomic mobility, having worked on data from several nations.

In recent years Piraino has worked on experimental evaluations, developing significant expertise in randomized control trials. For example, he has collaborated with government agencies and the World Bank to perform impact evaluations of alternative public services to promote youth work-readiness and employment.

Piraino has spent many years of his career in South Africa, where he produced numerous articles on education and labor markets. He has published regularly in leading economics journals, as well as in several outlets across other disciplines.

He is currently working on projects ranging from the impact of innovative post-primary education programs using field experiments to cross-national comparative analyses of socioeconomic mobility.