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Research Program in Development Studies

RPDS Welcomes Marcos Rangel, Visiting Research Scholar AY 2012-13




Marcos A. Rangel, an assistant professor at the University of São Paulo, researches topics on development economics, population economics, and applied econometrics. His work focuses on the nature of decision making within families in developing and developed countries.

In 2006 he published a study suggesting that alimony rights granted to women living in consensual unions in Brazil had a dramatic effect on the patterns of investment in children. This result indicates that mothers allocate more resources for investment in their children than their male partners. This work was chosen as the article of the year by the Royal Economic Society.

Rangel has also researched decisions of agricultural households in West Africa, finding that husbands and wives cooperate in the allocation of scarce resources, contrary to earlier evidence. His most recent research focuses on: decision making within mixed race families, the expansion of female rights in 19-th century America, the influence of the size and characteristics of extended Mexican families on public policy, the impact of child support enforcement in the United States, the proliferation of family business, and the economics of domestic violence.

Rangel received his PhD in economics from the University of California Los Angeles in 2004, where he was also affiliated with the California Center of Population Research and the Center for Health and Development. Rangel received both his B.A. and M.A. from the Pontifical Catholic University-Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His 1999 master’s thesis was named the best master thesis in economics by the Brazilian Development Bank in 2003. He was awarded a William and Flora Hewlett Population Studies Fellowship for 2002-2003 and a University of California Dissertation Fellowship for 2003-2004.