The Early Childhood Initiative Seminar Series, Rodrigo Pinto, an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Economics

Rodrigo Pinto, an assistant professor in UCLA’s Department of Economics, received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Chicago where he worked with Professor Jim Heckman. Pinto published a series of papers on the economics of human capital accumulation of early childhood interventions, policy evaluation, and causality. His research examines a range of questions regarding social experiments: inference under compromised randomization, cost-benefit analysis, external validity, and impact evaluation. He also has worked on causal inference and identification of treatment effects. Among the experiments he has analyzed are the Perry Preschool Intervention, HighScope Curriculum Comparison Study, Abecedarian Project, Nurse-Family Partnership, Moving to Opportunity, Fast Track, Head Start, Jamaican Project, and Primeira Infancia Melhor (Brazil). Pinto holds an M.S. in economics from the Fundacao Getulio Vargas (EPGE), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and a B.A. in engineering from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was a Fulbright Scholar from 2004 to 2009. Please join us for a reception after the talk. This talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Child and Family Policy’s Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) and the Duke Population Research Institute (DUPRI). *** The importance of early childhood (ages 0-8) is well established, but less is known about the educational, community, and social services interventions that can set children on successful long-term paths. The Early Childhood Initiative (ECI), established by the Center for Child and Family Policy, seeks to bring together scholars from across Duke to address these challenges and produce world-class scholarship that will help maximize the potential of all children during the early childhood years. ECI Seminar Series speakers will range across disciplines but will share an interest in bringing cutting-edge science to bear on policies affecting young children. This is the first talk in the series. RSVP's Welcome

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