Pablo A. Acosta is a Senior Economist in the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice of the World Bank, based in the Philippines country office. An Argentinean national, he holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US. He joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2008, and has worked in three regions: Africa (2009-2010), Latin America and Caribbean (2010-2015), and currently, East Asia and Pacific (since 2015). Prior to the World Bank, he worked at CAF Latin American Development Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Ministry of Economy in Argentina, and the Foundation for Latin American Economic Research.
His main areas of expertise are conditional cash transfers (currently leading the Bank’s technical and financial assistance for the Philippines, Indonesia, and Cambodia, and in the past in Honduras and El Salvador), public works, labor policies, migration, and skills development. Pablo has several peer-reviewed academic journal publications, including the Journal of International Economics, Labour Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, and World Economy, among others, as well as book chapters in several World Bank publications. More recently, in 2016, he co-authored the World Bank book titled “Minds and Behaviors at Work: Boosting Socio-Emotional Skills for Latin America’s Workforce”. He is also a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) since 2011, and an Associate Editor for EconomiA, a Brazilian economic journal, since 2014.