Silvia Helena Barcellos is an Associate Economist at RAND in Santa Monica, CA. Dr.
Barcellos received her Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University in 2010. She has a
B.A. and a Masters in Economics from the Pontifical Catholic University in Rio de Janeiro
(PUC-Rio), Brazil. Her research interests span labor economics, development economics,
and health economics. Recent work, funded by the NIH, includes studies of gender
differences in parental investments in India and of disparities in chronic disease
awareness among immigrant groups in the US. Her work on the determinants of low financial
participation of minority and immigrant populations in the US is currently funded by the
Social Security Administration and the Department of Labor. Her previous research
includes works on the effects of taxation on location and organizational choices of firms
and individuals, on the dynamics of immigration and wages, and on the impacts of
legalization on the economic outcomes of immigrants.