Ricardo Santos

Research Fellow at UNU-WIDER

Ricardo Santos is a UNU-WIDER Research Fellow, stationed in Maputo, Mozambique, as Technical Advisor to the Centre of Economics and Management Studies at the Faculty of Economics of Eduardo Mondlane University. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, a Master’s degree in Economics from the Nova University, Lisbon, and an MA in Development Studies from IDS.

His doctoral research examined the post-conflict labour market and education sector in Timor-Leste, looking at the medium-run impact of exposure to violence and conflict on households’ choices regarding education, namely inquiring on impacts over the economic incentives for education. His previous work in the development field includes voluntary work for one year with a Portuguese NGO as Program Manager for Timor-Leste and Angola, and Deputy Executive Officer of the same NGO.



Working Paper

Africa’s Lockdown Dilemma: High Poverty and Low Trust

WIDER Working Paper;2020/76

The primary policy response to suppress the spread of COVID-19 in high-income countries has been to lock down large sections of the population. However, there is growing unease that blindly replicating these policies might inflict irreparable damage to poor households and foment social unrest in...

12 October 2020