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Jun. Prof. Manuel Santos Silva


Freie Universität Berlin

Institute for Latin American Studies

Assistant Professor

Economics / Economics of Latin America

Rüdesheimer Str. 54-56
Room 208
14197 Berlin
+49 30 838 454715

Office hours

Summer Semester 24:

  • during lecture period: Tuesdays, 14:00-15:00.
  • outside lecture period: appointments via email.

Freie Universität Berlin
Economics Department / Institute for Latin American Studies
Ruedesheimer Str. 54-56
D-14197 Berlin, Germany
Phone: +49 30 838 54715
Email: manuel.santos.silva@fu-berlin.de

Current Position

Junior Professor at Freie Universität Berlin for Economics of Latin America.

Joint appointment between the Department of Economics and the Institute for Latin American Studies.


  • 2015-2018: PhD in Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany; Thesis: Essays on Gender, Migration, and Development; Advisors: Stephan Klasen, Krisztina Kis-Katos, Amy C. Alexander.
  • 2014-2015: Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany.
  • 2012-2014: Master of Arts in Development Economics, University of Göttingen, Germany.
  • 2008-2011: Bachelor in Economics, University of Porto, Portugal.

Academic Career

Since 01/2023           
Junior Professor for Economics of Latin American, Freie Universität Berlin.

Post-doctoral Researcher (Akademischer Rat a.Z.), University of Münster.

Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Göttingen.

Research and Teaching Assistant, University of Göttingen.

Summer Semester 24:

  • Lecture (Master): Interdependent Inequalities
  • Lecture (Bachelor): Social Policy in Latin America

Winter Semester 23/24:

  • Lecture (Master): Entwicklungstheorien und -konzepte
  • Seminar (Master): Interdisziplinäre Lateinamerikaforschung / Investigación interdisciplinaria sobre América Latina II

Recommendations for students - Journals for Economics of Latin America.


Santos Silva, Manuel, Amy C. Alexander, Stephan Klasen, and Christian Welzel (2023), The roots of female emancipation: Initializing role of Cool Water. Journal of Comparative Economics, 51(1), 133-159.

Lo Bue, Maria C., Tu Thi Ngoc Le, Manuel Santos Silva, and Kunal Sen (2022), Gender and vulnerable employment in the developing world: Evidence from global microdata. World Development, 159, 106010.

Santos Silva, Manuel and Stephan Klasen (2021), Gender inequality as a barrier to economic growth: A review of the theoretical literature. Review of Economics of the Household, 19(3), 581-614.

Klasen, Stephan, Tu Thi Ngoc Le, Janneke Pieters, and Manuel Santos Silva (2021), What drives female labor force participation? Comparable micro-level evidence from eight developing and emerging economies. Journal of Development Studies, 57(3), 417-442.

Höckel, Lisa, Manuel Santos Silva, and Tobias Stöhr (2018), Can parental migration reduce petty corruption in education? World Bank Economic Review, 32(1), 109-126.

Working papers

Barros, Laura and Manuel Santos Silva (2021), “Between sticky floors and glass ceilings: The effect of trade liberalization on double discrimination in Brazil”, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research, University of Göttingen, Discussion Paper No. 249. [link]

Barros, Laura and Manuel Santos Silva (2019), “Right-wing populism in the tropics: Economic crisis, the political gender gap, and the election of Bolsonaro”, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research, University of Göttingen, Discussion Paper No. 242. [link]

Other writings (media, blogs)

Lo Bue, Maria C., Tu Thi Ngoc Le, Manuel Santos Silva, and Kunal Sen, Why women are made to rely on vulnerable work. OECD Development matters, January 14, 2022.

Barros, Laura and Manuel Santos Silva, Right-wing Populism in the Tropics: the Rise of Jair Bolsonaro. Lead commentary in the VoxEU debate on Populism, January 4, 2020.