Marcello Pérez-Alvarez is a PhD Candidate in Economics at Göttingen University. His work focuses on human capital, labor economics and gender, as well as the political economy of aid. His research projects investigate the determinants of human capital accumulation, both at the household-level (maternal characteristics) and at the system-level (hiring practices in labour markets). His other research activities relate to the labor market returns of human capital and the political economy of humanitarian aid.
Marcello acts as consultant for international organizations in development-related projects on health and education. This includes projections of child malnutrition indicators across the globe for Save the Children and the analysis of teacher performance issues in Indonesia for the World Bank. He is currently involved in an evaluation commissioned by the Government of the Netherlands to assess the impacts of a large general hospital opening in Nicaragua.
During his research stay at Young Lives offices in Oxford in 2018, Marcello worked on the health- and education-related consequences of early maternal age as part of the ongoing Young Lives research strand studying Child Marriage and Parenthood in Ethiopia, India, Peru and Zambia.