Most young people entering the job market this year in Latin America and the Caribbean face a hard road ahead. If they get a job at all, they will not get work in what is known as the formal sector, consisting of established firms that abide by labor laws and provide benefits. Instead, they will most likely enter the informal economy, either working for themselves or for very … [Read more...] about Catching Up on Skills for the Labor Market
About Oscar Mitnik
Oscar Mitnik is a Principal Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Among his prior positions, he has been a Senior Financial Economist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. His main areas of interest are on the determinants and effects of public policies, both in developing and developed countries, and on the econometric methods for impact evaluation. His published research has focused mostly on programs oriented to low-income individuals, analyzing their effects on labor and health outcomes, as well as their intergenerational effects. In addition, he has conducted research on the political economy factors that determine public policies, on personnel economics, and on econometric issues related to the stress testing of financial institutions. At the IDB, he has worked on the impact evaluation of active labor market policies, credit programs oriented to small and medium enterprises, and transport interventions. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).