Prof Armando Barrientos

Emeritus Professor

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Research interests

My research interests focus on the linkages existing between welfare programmes and labour markets and on emerging welfare institutions in developing countries. Early research examined the reform of social insurance institutions in Latin America in the 1980s and 1990s, and especially their impact on employment, informality and old age income security. This work led to research on the economic and social effects of ageing in developing countries and the role of non-contributory pension as a means to address old age poverty and vulnerability. More recently, I have focused on social assistance in developing countries, exploring the rapid expansion of antipoverty transfer programmes in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Current work studies emerging tax-transfer systems in low- and middle-income countries.

Research Projects

Brazil’s economics success: Lessons for Africa (with Ed Amann) – This research programme investigates Brazil’s economic growth and poverty and inequality reduction in the 1995-2005 period and policy lessons for African countries. See website at

Gender and employment in Central Asia: Evidence from panel data – (led by SIPRI) this project studies women and labour markets in Kyrgyzstan and the impact of social policies.See website at 

Building the case for investments in social protection in Uganda - Consortium including Makarere, Manchester, and Maastricht Universities studying the economic and social effects of antipoverty transfers. See website at

Improving research infrastructure in social assistance - Two year (2016-2018) project developing a database of social assistance programmes in low- and middle-income countries to support comparative research on emerging welfare institutions. See website at

Tax-transfer systems in Latin America – This project assesses taxes and transfers in Latin American countries, focusing on distributional effects and fiscal contracts.


Research and projects

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