LEAP Fellow

Luca Maria Pesando

New York University – Abu Dhabi and McGill University

Luca Maria Pesando is a demographer and sociologist whose research explores the interplays between family formation, human capital accumulation, and dynamics of poverty/inequality within and across generations. His agenda is interdisciplinary in nature, combining macro- and micro-level perspectives, and drawing on disciplines as diverse as demography, sociology, economics, education, and public policy. At the macro-level, his work explores the relationship between changes in family forms and structures (e.g., family instability, polygyny, early marriage, etc.) and children’s health and educational outcomes. At the micro-level, he has explored the effectiveness of educational interventions on school attendance, progression, and learning in multiple contexts.