Rodrigo Pinto is an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of California, Los Angeles. Pinto was a Fulbright Scholar (2004-2009) and a McArthur Fellow. Working with the Nobel Laureate in Economics Dr. James Heckman, he has published a series of papers on the economics of human capital accumulation of early childhood interventions and policy evaluations. His research focuses on modeling, inference, cost-benefit analysis, external validity and treatment effect estimation of social experiments. Among the experiments he has analyzed are the Perry Pre-school Intervention, High/Scope Comparison Study, Abecedarian Project, Nurse-Family Partnership, Moving to Opportunity, and Primeira Infancia Melhor (in Brazil). In the past, he has served as a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Pinto is a frequent speaker on human capital accumulation on early childhood. He holds a MS in Economics from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (EPGE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a BA in Civil Engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Pinto received a B.A. in Engineering from UNICAMP in 2001, an M.S. in Economics from the Getulio Vargas Foundation in 2004, and an M.A. and Ph.D. both in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2006 and 2013 respectively.