Julián Messina
Research Fellow

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too w Messina Julián Messina is lead research economist at the research department of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Prior to joining the IDB, he worked at the World Bank and the European Central Bank, and he taught at the Universities of Barcelona GSE, Georgetown, Girona, Frankfurt and Mainz. He has co-authored the World Bank Latin American Flagship Reports “Economic Mobility and the Rise of the Latin American Middle Class” and "Latin American Entrepreneurs: Many Firms but Little Innovation”. His research focuses on labor markets dynamics, skills, wage determination and inequality. His work has been published in leading academic journals including the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, Journal of Economic Perspectives, the Economic Journal, Journal of the European Economic Association, and Labour Economics, and is often featured in popular blogs and media outlets including the Economist. He has extensive experience advising governments in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Julian obtained his PhD. in economics at the European University Institute in 2002.

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in July 2000 and became a Research Fellow in April 2003.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
10718  Manuel Fernandez Sierra
Julián Messina
Skill Premium, Labor Supply and Changes in the Structure of Wages in Latin America
10657  Luca Gambetti
Julián Messina
Evolving Wage Cyclicality in Latin America
10656  Francisco H. G. Ferreira
Sergio Firpo
Julián Messina
Ageing Poorly? Accounting for the Decline in Earnings Inequality in Brazil, 1995-2012
7911  Ximena Del Carpio
Julián Messina
Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano
Minimum Wage: Does It Improve Welfare in Thailand?
5778  Julián Messina
Anna Sanz-de-Galdeano
Wage Rigidity and Disinflation in Emerging Countries
(published in: American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 2014, 6 (1), 102-133)
5719  Mikael Carlsson
Julián Messina
Oskar Nordström Skans
Wage Adjustment and Productivity Shocks
(substantially revised version published in The Economic Journal, 2016, vol 126(595): 1739–1773)
5250  Ana Lamo
Julián Messina
Etienne Wasmer
Are Specific Skills an Obstacle to Labor Market Adjustment?
(published in: Labour Economics, 2011, 18 (2), 240-256)
4982  Ana Lamo
Julián Messina
Formal Education, Mismatch and Wages after Transition: Assessing the Impact of Unobserved Heterogeneity Using Matching Estimators
(published in: Economics of Education Review, 2010, 29 (6), 1089-1099)
4158  Federico Cingano
Marco Leonardi
Julián Messina
Giovanni Pica
The Effect of Employment Protection Legislation and Financial Market Imperfections on Investment: Evidence from a Firm-Level Panel of EU Countries
(substantially revised version published in: Economic Policy, 2010, 25 (61). 117 - 163)
3884  Julián Messina
Chiara Strozzi
Jarkko Turunen
Real Wages over the Business Cycle: OECD Evidence from the Time and Frequency Domains
(published in: Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, 2009, 33(6), 1183-1200)
2487  William T. Dickens
Lorenz Götte
Erica L. Groshen
Steinar Holden
Julián Messina
Mark E. Schweitzer
Jarkko Turunen
Melanie E. Ward-Warmedinger
How Wages Change: Micro Evidence from the International Wage Flexibility Project
(published in: Journal of Economic Perspectives, 2007, 21 (2), 195-214)
2045  Julián Messina
Giovanna Vallanti
Job Flow Dynamics and Firing Restrictions: Evidence from Europe
(revised version published in: Economic Journal, 2007, 117 (521), F279 - F301)
747  Julián Messina
Sectoral Structure and Entry Regulations
(revised version published as 'The role of product market regulations in the process of structural change' in: European Economic Review, 2006, 50 (7), 1863-1890)