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Silvia Barcellos

Research Scientist (Staff)

Contact Information

Office: ICT 4000
Phone: (310) 574-1639
E-mail: silvia.barcellos@usc.edu

Biographical Sketch


Silvia Helena Barcellos is an Economist at the University of Southern California (USC) Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR). She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University in 2010. Her research interests span labor economics, development economics, and health economics. Recent work, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), includes studies of gender differences in parental investments in India and of disparities in chronic disease awareness among immigrant groups in the US. Silvia is currently the Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Aging (NIA) exploratory research grant to study the effects of health insurance on medical expenditure risk and financial stress (R21 grant; Multiple PI joint with Mireille Jacobson; $500,000; 2013-2015). Moreover, her work in labor economics focuses on immigrant-related issues, including the dynamics of immigration and wages, the effect of legalization on the economic status of immigrants and the patterns of utilization of financial services by Hispanic immigrants in the U.S.

In addition to her appointment at CESR, Silvia Helena Barcellos is a Professor of Economics at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a RCMAR Scholar at USC’s Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center. She has a B.A. and a Masters in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), Brazil. Before joining CESR in 2013, Silvia was an Associate Economist at RAND Corporation. She was an invited speaker at the 2012 TEDx MidAtlantic in Washington DC (http://tedxmidatlantic.com/2012-talks/).