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Staff Biography

[Photo: Joao Paulo PESSOA] Dr Joao Paulo PESSOA
Associate - Growth
Sao Paulo School of Economics
Email: joaopaulocnpessoa@gmail.com

Expertise: International Economics, Industrial Organisation


Joao is Brazilian and completed his PhD in economics at LSE in 2015. He is now an assistant professor at the Sao Paulo School of Economics-FGV and an international associate at the Centre for Economic Performance.

Current Areas of Research:

Research interests include international trade, industrial organization and applied micro. Among other research projects, I am currently studying the effects of the recent surge in Chinese export growth on the UK labour market, and the way in which climate change may affect farmers in developing countries through its impact on yield volatility.


  • PhD in Economics, LSE, 2015
  • MA in Economics, PUC - Rio, 2009
  • BA in Industrial Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, 2005


  • SBE Best Applied Micro Paper Prize, 2015
  • SBE Runner-up Best Applied Micro Paper Prize, 2013
  • LSE Guen Partnership Scholarship, 2009-2013

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.