Rodrigo Adão examines the intersection of labor markets and macroeconomic forces at an international scale. In his job market paper, he proposes an approach to quantify the distributional effects of international trade with a Roy-like model where workers are heterogeneous in terms of their comparative and absolute advantage, yielding theoretical results used to quantify the distributional consequences of the recent movements in world commodity prices in Brazil.
In a recent paper conditionally accepted for publication in the American Economic Review, Adão and coauthors Arnaud Costinot and Dave Donaldson developed a method of constructing nonparametric counterfactual predictions, free of functional-form restrictions on preferences and technology, in neoclassical models of international trade. They analyze China’s recent integration into the world economy to illustrate the feasibility and potential benefits of the approach.
In 2011, Adão was awarded the Kenan Sahin Massachusetts Institute of Technology Presidential Fellowship. He has also been awarded the MIT Center for International Study Summer Study Grant (2015), the Vinci Capital Fellowship for outstanding graduate students in economics (2010), as well as the Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) Scholarship for graduate students (2009). He received the award for Best Graduate Paper at the 2015 Forum for Research in Empirical International Trade-Empirical Investigations in International Trade conference.
In May 2016, Adão will be a featured speaker on the Review of Economic Studies Tour.
Adão is expected to receive his PhD in economics from MIT in June 2016. He received his BA and MA in economics from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio) in 2007 and 2011, respectively.