Senior Economist, Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
Rita K. Almeida is a Senior Economist at the Education Practice at the World Bank. In the past, she worked at the Social Protection & Labor Practice, and at the Development Economics Research Department. Currently, she leads policy dialog, research and operational support in a wide set of education policies in Latin American countries- ranging from ECD programs, quality of basic education and skills/TVET policies – as well as multi-sector programs across several Practices. During her tenure at the World Bank, Rita has led several projects/analysis in the field of labor market analysis & labor regulations, activation and graduation policies, social protection for workers, firm productivity and innovation policies, poverty and inequality and on the rigorous evaluation of social programs. She has also worked in a wide spectrum of countries, including Tunisia, Brazil, Argentina, Panama, Turkey, Chile, and across the Central American region, among others. Rita is the lead author/contributor of several flagship regional and country publications at the World Bank including “The Right Skills for the Job: Rethinking Training Policies for Workers” and “Skills for the XXI Century in Latin America and the Caribbean”. Her work in the fields of development, labor economics, international economics and industrial relations has been published in a variety of top general interest and specialized journals including The Economic Journal, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of International Economics, Labour Economics and in World Development. Prior to joining the Bank, Rita was an Economist at a Spanish investment Bank in Lisbon, and a lecturer at the Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon). A native of Portugal, she holds a MA degree from the Portuguese Catholic University (Lisbon) and a Ph.D in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).