Rodrigo Lovaton

Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation
Associated Projects
MPC Primary Research Areas

I joined IPUMS International as a graduate research assistant while I was pursuing my Ph.D. in applied economics at the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation in 2015, I started a full-time position, focusing on data production for the project, microdata harmonization and the assessment of data quality. In the past, I worked at different research centers based in Peru, where I gained experience on various aspects of survey design and data collection.

As part of my research, I have studied the development of a socioeconomic status measure for census microdata based on asset ownership and dwelling characteristics. I analyzed both its data requirements and alternative aggregation methods to define this proxy variable. In recent work, I also collaborated on papers examining the possibilities to calculate development goals indicators using international census microdata and investigating inequalities by geography when disaggregating these indicators.