Laura Ripani is a lead specialist in the Labor Markets and Social Security Division of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), coordinating the agenda of the Future of Work. She specializes in the area of labor markets, with particular interest in improving labor-market opportunities for youth. She has published extensively in academic journals in the areas of labor markets, social protection, and education. Prior to joining the IDB, she worked at the World Bank on projects related to the link between poverty and labor markets in Latin America. She holds an M.A and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the National University of La Plata, Argentina.