Esperanza Vera-Toscano

Esperanza Vera-Toscano

Esperanza Vera-Toscano works as Senior Research Fellow at the Melbourne Institute: Applied Economic and Social Research (the University of Melbourne) since February 2019. She is currently on a leave of absence as Senior Scientist for the National Research Council in Spain (CSIC) and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Aberdeen (UK). Dr Vera-Toscano has a long-standing expertise in the study of disadvantage, social exclusion and individuals’ wellbeing, acquired over more than two decades working for government agencies including the Spanish National Research Council and Statistics Canada and collaborating with supranational institutions such as the World Bank and independent social organisations like the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (UK). She also has well-established record of supporting evidence lead policy reform, following her six years serving as Senior Researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.
She has extensive experience using numerous panel and cross-section datasets to investigate the incidence and determinants of disadvantage in its broadest sense, as well as more specifically in the examination of the role of gender, regional differences, and education and skills on inequality and social exclusion.


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