UCL Department of Economics


Professor Aureo de Paula

Aureo de Paula May 2021

Room: 228, Drayton House
Email: a.paula@ucl.ac.uk
Website: ucl.ac.uk/~uctpand
Twitter: @PaulaAureo


Aureo de Paula received his B.A. and M.Sc. in Economics from Pontificia Universidade Catolica—RJ (Brazil) in 1996 and 2000 respectively, he then went on to complete his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University in 2002 and 2006.  Prior to joining University College London (UCL), he was an associate professor (with tenure) at the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting faculty scholar at Northwestern and Harvard universities. Aureo is an elected Fellow of the Econometric Society and the International Association for Applied Econometrics and a Turing Fellow in 2021/23.  He is an elected member of the Econometric Society Council from 2022 and a director for the Review of Economic Studies.

Professor de Paula is affiliated with the Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (UK), the Institute for Fiscal Studies (UK), CEPR and several other research groups worldwide. Professor de Paula’s work has been featured in various academic publications and he has been associate editor for various academic journals (The Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Econometrics Journal, Econometric Reviews Journal of Econometrics) and was a managing editor for The Review of Economics Studies. He is co-editor at the Journal of Econometrics and has won the Irving B. Kravis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at the University of Pennsylvania and the Faculty Education Award at UCL (joint with Dunli Li). 


Aureo is an applied econometrician with strong interests in both methodological questions, like the identification and estimation of multi-agent models, and empirical applications, mostly problems in developing nations and industrial organisation.  His research focuses on the intersection of applied economic theory, econometrics and empirical microeconomics.  


Professor de Paula has taught the following modules in the Department. 

  • Quantitative Economics and Econometrics (Year 2 B.Sc. course)
  • Topics in Applied Econometrics (PhD workshop)
  • Big Data Analytics (M.Sc. Finance course)
  • Microeconometrics (Year 3 B.Sc course)

Professor de Paula has taught several short courses on “The Econometrics of Networks”, “The Econometrics of Games”, “Peer Effects and Social Interactions” (with Bryan Graham) and on “Topics in Structural Methods” as well as post-graduate courses at the London School of Economics, Fundacao Getulio Vargas and Harvard University.


In the media

Aureo’s research has been featured in: The TimesThe Daily MailEconomics ObservatoryWSJNews at PrincetonChicago Booth ReviewWSJ, Chicago Booth Review “Lessons from the Great Recession to COVID-19”, UHEROHawaii Tribune-Herald, West Hawaii Today, Honolulu Civil Beat, Hawaii News Now and VoxEU.