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Staff Biography

[Photo: Joao Paulo PESSOA] Dr Joao Paulo PESSOA
Associate - Growth
Sao Paulo School of Economics
Email: joao.pessoa@fgv.br

Expertise: International Economics, Industrial Organisation


Joao is Brazilian and started his MRes/PhD in economics at LSE in 2009. Before coming to LSE he worked as a financial products analyst for three years at BBM Bank. He is currently assisting John Van Reenen in the Productivity and Innovation Programme. His research interests also include industrial organisation and international trade.

Current Areas of Research:

Joao is currently studying the effects of international trade on labor markets. His research interests include international trade and industrial organisation.


  • MA in Economics, PUC - Rio, 2009
  • BA in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2005


  • LSE Guen Partnership Scholarship, 2009-2013
  • CAPES Academic Performance Scholarship, 2008
  • CAPES Master Scholarship, 2007

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

CEP Discussion Paper
The Costs and Benefits of Leaving the EU: Trade Effects Swati Dhingra, Hanwei Huang, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Joao Paulo Pessoa, Thomas Sampson and John Van Reenen
April 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1478:
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JEL Classification: F13;F15;F17

Tags: trade; brexit; general equilibrium

CEP Discussion Paper
International Competition and Labor Market Adjustment Joao Paulo Pessoa
March 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1411:
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JEL Classification: F16; J62; J64

Tags: trade; unemployment; earnings; china

CEP Discussion Paper
Winners and Losers from a Commodities-for-Manufactures Trade Boom Francisco Costa, Jason Garred and Joao Paulo Pessoa
May 2014
Paper No' CEPDP1269:
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JEL Classification: F14; F16; O17; Q17

Tags: china; trade; commodities-for manufactures; wages; employment; informality

CEP Discussion Paper
Flex Cars and Competition in Ethanol and Gasoline Retail Markets Juliano Assuncao, Joao Paulo Pessoa and Leonardo Rezende
December 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1251:
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JEL Classification: L11; L13; L62; L71

Tags: flex-fuel vehicles; gasoline; ethanol; price competition; spatial competition; discrete equilibrium price dispersion

CEP Discussion Paper
Decoupling of Wage Growth and Productivity Growth? Myth and Reality Joao Paulo Pessoa and John Van Reenen
October 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1246:
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JEL Classification: E24; J20; J30

Tags: decoupling; wages; productivity; compensation; labour income share.