Italo A. Gutierrez

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Economist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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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 the RAND Corporation, a core member of the RAND Center for Causal Inference, and a faculty member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 

Gutierrez studies the interactions between labor markets, health, aging, and retirement. He has evaluated the effects of job insecurity on health outcomes for older workers, the effects of employers’ investment in new technologies on older workers’ employment, and the effects of entering the labor market during a recession on retirement wealth. He also studied how unemployment insurance affects older workers’ job searches.

Gutierrez is also interested in policies to increase access to better-paying jobs and better working conditions. He is evaluating a job training program in New Orleans that responds to demand from local employers. He has studied formal and informal employment in developing countries and assessed what features of formal employment workers value more.

Gutierrez has also studied the effects of public policies on the well-being of families and children. He has evaluated the impact of food stamps on material hardships and the results of an initiative to ensure disadvantaged students have access to effective teaching. He is studying an anti-bullying intervention in Peru. Recently, Gutierrez has worked on projects assisting local governments with planning recovery efforts after natural disasters.

He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan.

Recent Projects

  • Technological Change, Training and Employment of Older Workers
  • Job Insecurity 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

Italo A Gutierrez, "Do unemployment benefits affect on-the-job search? Evidence from labor turnover before establishment closures," Economic Inquiry (forthcoming)

Italo A Gutierrez and Oswaldo Molina, "Reverting to informality: Unregistered property transactions and the erosion of the titling reform in Peru," Economic Development and Cultural Change (forthcoming)

Italo A Gutierrez and Pierre-Carl Michaud, "Job insecurity and older workers' mental health in the United States," Research in Labor Economics (forthcoming)

Italo A Gutierrez, Krishna B Kumar, Minhaj Mahmud, Farzana Munshi, and ShanthiNataraj, "Transitions between informal and formal employment. Results from a worker survey in Bangladesh," IZA Journal of Development and Migration, 9(3), 2019

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

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

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

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

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