Eduardo Zepeda

Senior Associate
Trade, Equity and Development Program
Zepeda is inter-regional policy coordinator of the Development Policy and Analysis Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations General Secretariat. He was previously a senior associate in the Trade, Equity, and Development Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
 

Education

Ph.D., University of California at Riverside

Languages

English; Portuguese; Spanish

Resources

 

Eduardo Zepeda is no longer with the Carnegie Endowment.

Eduardo Zepeda is inter-regional policy coordinator of the Development Policy and Analysis Division, Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations General Secretariat. He was previously a senior associate in the Trade, Equity, and Development Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where his research focused on employment, poverty, and development policy.

Prior to joining the Endowment, Zepeda was senior researcher at the International Poverty Centre of UNDP in Brasilia, Brazil, taught at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Azcapotzalco in Mexico City, and served as the economic and social policy coordinator in the Analysis Unit of the Chief of Staff in the Office of the President in Mexico. He was also a visiting fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at the University of California at San Diego.

Selected Publications: Growth, Poverty and Employment in Brazil, Chile and Mexico , with Diana Alarcón, Fábio Veras Soares, and Rafael Guerreiro Osório (UNDP International Poverty Centre Working Paper #42, December 2007); Addressing the Employment-Poverty Nexus in Kenya: Comparing Cash-Transfer and Job-Creation Programmes (UNDP International Poverty Centre Working Paper #40, October 2007); The Maquiladora Export Industry: Assembling, Manufacturing and Economic Development, with Kevin Middlebrook (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana, 2006); Confronting Development: Assessing Mexico's Economic and Social Policy Challenges, co-edited with Kevin Middlebrook (Stanford University Press and UCSD Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, 2003).

  • Report February 11, 2013
    Employing India: Guaranteeing Jobs for the Rural Poor

    Eight years after its introduction, India's landmark rural employment guarantee program has made big strides in the right direction, but structural and institutional problems are keeping it from fully realizing its potential.

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  • Rethinking Trade Policy for Development: Lessons F
    Policy Outlook December 7, 2009
    Rethinking Trade Policy for Development: Lessons From Mexico Under NAFTA

    Mexico’s disappointing experience with NAFTA underscores the need to reform trade agreements between the United States and developing countries.

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  • The Impact of the Doha Round on Kenya
    Report November 4, 2009
    The Impact of the Doha Round on Kenya

    The ongoing Doha Round of trade negotiations could improve Kenya’s competitive position in processed food and agriculture, but long-term development requires the strengthening of other economic sectors.

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  • Brazil in the Global Economy: Measuring the Gains
    Report March 31, 2009
    Brazil in the Global Economy: Measuring the Gains From Trade

    Despite holding a leading position in world trade negotiations, Brazil will benefit little from increased trade. Policy makers face acute challenges as the country struggles to generate sufficient employment and improve labor incomes.

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  • Changes in Earnings in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico:
    Op-Ed The International Poverty Centre March 23, 2009
    Changes in Earnings in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico: Disentangling the Forces Behind Pro-Poor Change in Labor Markets

    Past financial crises and periods of slow growth in developing countries show that economic downturns may impact the income of the poor less severely than that of the non-poor. However, given the paucity of their initial incomes, even small reductions in earnings impose a heavy toll on the poor.

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  • Op-Ed Estudios Economicos February 1, 2009
    Conditional Cash Transfers in Brazil, Chile, and Mexico: Impacts Upon Inequality

    Conditional Cash Tranfers have reduced inequality in three Latin American countries: Brazil, Mexico, and Chile. While they represent only a small share of total income, they have lead to a 21 percent drop in inequality in Brazil and Mexico, and to 15 percent reduction in Chile.

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  • Eduardo Zepeda
    Op-Ed Poverty in Focus December 1, 2008
    Learning from the Past: Mexico's Failed Pro-Market Policy Experience

    Mainstream economic policies in Mexico managed to generate growth that proved neither pro-poor nor sustained. The Mexican experience shows the need to leave behind the blind faith in market forces and embrace employment-based policies.

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  • Gambia report
    Other Publications

    Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the International Poverty Centre
    Country Study

    July 8, 2008
    Towards an Employment-Centered Development Strategy for Poverty Reduction in The Gambia: Macroeconomic and Labour Market Aspects

    Carnegie's Eduardo Zepeda and James Heintz and Carlos Oya review the growth, employment and poverty record of Gambia.  They focus on the macroeconomic environment and the structure and functioning of labor markets. The authors find that the growth pattern of Gambia does not appear to be pro-poor; improvements in the rate of growth appear to have, at best, halted the spread of poverty.

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  • Eduardo Zepeda
    Op-Ed June 2, 2008
    Minimum Wages and the Wage Structure in Mexico

    Low minimum wages may be partially to blame for the growth of inequality in Mexico throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. Minimum wages play an important role in wage-setting for low-income workers, including those in the informal sector. Government policies aiming to mitigate minimum wage’s negative impacts on employment may have pernicious consequences for income inequality.

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  • Cover page
    Op-Ed International Poverty Centre February 29, 2008
    Latin America's Progress on Gender Equality

    globePolicymakers aiming to reduce gender inequality in Latin America need to look beyond national averages in order to uncover the real conditions women face in the labor market.

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