Italo A. Gutierrez

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Associate Economist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in economics, University of Michigan; M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in economics, Universidad del Pacifico


Italo Gutierrez is an associate economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His work addresses the economics of labor markets, higher-education decisions, and safety-net programs. He is also interested in the study of the economics of violence, both in households and in schools.

Gutierrez has pursued research on the effects on unemployment insurance on individuals' job search decisions and on the effects of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) on measures of families' material hardships. He is currently pursuing research on the effects of education attainment and training investments on labor market outcomes and health status, with an emphasis on older workers.

Prior to his employment at RAND Gutierrez studied the impact of women's early-life exposure to political violence on the probability of experiencing domestic abuse in later-life relationships. At RAND he has evaluated the socioeconomic impacts of an affordable housing project in India. He is also studying the dynamics between the formal and informal labor markets in Bangladesh and evaluating the household wellbeing effects of a large-scale female sterilization program in Peru.

Gutierrez has employed a variety of quasi-experimental designs in his research, including instrumental variables methods, difference-in-differences methods and propensity scores matching and reweighting methods. He has worked with survey data, administrative data, and historical records. Gutierrez received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • Technological Change, Training and Employment of Older Workers
  • Employer Downsizing and Older Workers' Health
  • The Formal-Informal Labor Nexus and Growth: The Case of Bangladesh
  • Evaluation of Intensive Partnership Schools
  • Evaluation of CalWORKs / Senate Bill 1041

Selected Publications

Italo A. Gutierrez, "Job Insecurity, Unemployment Insurance and On-the-Job Search: Evidence from Older American Workers," Labour Economics, 41:228-245, 2016

H. Luke Shaefer, Italo A. Gutierrez, "The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Material Hardships among Low-Income Households with Children," Social Service Review, 87(4):753-779, 2013

Neeraj Sood, Han de Vries, Italo A. Gutierrez, Darius N. Lakdawalla and Dana P. Goldman, "The effect of regulation on pharmaceutical revenues: Experience in nineteen countries," Health Affairs, 28(1):w125-w137, 2009

Lakdawalla, Darius N., Dana P. Goldman, Pierre-Carl Michaud, Neeraj Sood, Robert Lempert, Ze Cong, Han de Vries, and Italo A. Gutierrez, "US pharmaceutical policy in a global marketplace," Health Affairs, 28(1):w138-w150, 2009

Honors & Awards

  • The Garfield Economic Impact Award, The Eugene Garfield Foundation and The University of Chicago Medical Center