Senior Adviser, Development Research Group
The World Bank

Francisco H. G. Ferreira is a senior adviser in the World Bank’s Development Research Group, where he oversees the Bank’s research programs on poverty and inequality. From July 2020, Ferreira will hold the inaugural Amartya Sen Chair in Inequality Studies at the London School of Economics. He was formerly the Bank’s chief economist for the Africa Region, and has also served as deputy chief economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and as co-director of the World Development Report 2006 on Equity and Development. Ferreira is also a nonresident research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn), and has published widely in the fields of poverty and inequality in developing countries. He was awarded the Haralambos Simeonides and the Adriano Romariz Duarte Prizes by the Brazilian Economic and Econometric Societies respectively, and the Kendricks Prize by the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth. Ferreira serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Economic Inequality (where he was previously editor-in-chief), the Review of Income and Wealth, and the World Bank Economic Review. Ferreira has taught at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and at the Paris School of Economics. He was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, and holds a Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.

Areas of Expertise

Inequality of Opportunity

Income and Wage Inequality

Poverty Measurement and Analysis