Italo A. Gutierrez

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Economist; Faculty, 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 economist at RAND and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. His research is focused in the areas of labor economics, aging, retirement, health, and human capital.

Gutierrez's current work includes studying the effect of employer downsizing on health outcomes for older workers, the effects of employers’ investment in new technologies on older workers’ employment, and the effects on retirement wealth of entering the labor market during a recession. He is also studying the long-term health effects of early-life economic conditions; participating in the evaluation of an initiative aimed at improving how teachers are recruited, evaluated, supported, and retained; and involved in evaluating a training program in New Orleans aimed at moving individuals up in the job ladder.

In the past, Gutierrez has studied the effect of unemployment benefits on job search behavior among older workers and the effects of food stamps on food insecurity and material hardships in families with children.

Regarding international work, Gutierrez has studied how political violence affects domestic violence in Peru, and he has evaluated the socioeconomic impacts of an affordable housing project in India. He is currently studying the response of formal and informal employment to increases in exports demand in Bangladesh, the effects on women and children of a large-scale female sterilization program in Peru, a randomized intervention aimed at reducing bullying in public secondary schools in Peru, and a randomized intervention in Nigeria that assigns physicians to primary health clinics that only have non-physician clinicians.

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
  • Veteran Reintegration: Identifying the Long-Term Effects of Recessions on Earnings, Wealth, and Retirement Decisions

Selected Publications

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), 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), 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), 2009

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

Honors & Awards

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


  • Girl being bullied by classmates in school corridor

    The Ghost of Bullying

    The idea that bullying is experienced by only a few children and adolescents is false. Most cases are verbal, not physical, and victims tend to remain silent. Research has shown that bullying can have negative long-term effects on a person's life.

    May 31, 2017 El Comercio