Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin
- Social Demography
- Population Health
- Public Policy Analysis
- Advanced Methods of Social Research
My research is related to social demography, migration, population health, and public policy analysis. My teaching interests include demographic theory and techniques, quantitative methods, migration, spatial analysis, social determinants of health, fertility behavior, and public policy analysis. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, I was an associate sociologist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School from 2014 to 2017. I served as an assistant/associate professor in the Political Science Department at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil from 2009 to 2014. I received my PhD in sociology with a concentration in demography from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, a master’s degree in demography from UFMG in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the Federal University of Goiás (UFG), Brazil in 2000.
– Social Demography
Amaral EFL, Queiroz BL, Calazans JA. 2015. “Demographic changes, educational improvements, and earnings in Brazil and Mexico.” IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 4(23): 1–21.
Potter JE, Amaral EFL, Woodberry R. 2014. “The growth of Protestantism in Brazil and its impact on male earnings, 1970–2000.” Social Forces, 93(1): 125–153.
Amaral EFL, Potter JE, Hamermesh DS, Rios-Neto ELG. 2013. “Age, education, and earnings in the course of Brazilian development: Does composition matter?” Demographic Research, 28(20): 581–612.
Amaral EFL, Almeida ME, Rios-Neto ELG, Potter JE. 2013. “Effects of the age-education structure of female workers on male earnings in Brazil.” Poverty & Public Policy, 5(4): 336–353.
Amaral EFL. 2012. “The decomposition of economic outcomes as a result of changes in Brazil’s male age-education structure.” Population Research and Policy Review, 31(6): 883–905.
Amaral EFL, Rios-Neto ELG, Potter JE. 2012. “Long term influences of age-education transition on the Brazilian labour market.” Bulletin of Latin American Research, 31(3): 302–319.
Amaral EFL, Rios-Neto ELG, Potter JE. 2016. “The influence of internal migration on male earnings in Brazil, 1970–2000.” Migration and Development, 5(1): 55–78.
Amaral EFL. 2008. “Improvements of techniques to estimate migration rates: An application with Brazilian Censuses data.” Population Review, 47(2): 1–24.
Skop E, Peters PA, Amaral EFL, Potter JE, Fusco W. 2006. “Chain migration and residential segregation of internal migrants in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, Brazil.” Urban Geography, 27(5): 397–421.
– Population Health
Hopkins K, Amaral EFL, Mourão ANM. 2014. “The impact of payment source and hospital type on rising cesarean section rates in Brazil, 1998 to 2008.” Birth, 41(2): 169–177.
Amaral EFL, Potter JE. 2009. “Population policies, government programs, and fertility: A comparison between Brazil and Mexico.” Notas de Población, 35(87): 7–33.
– Public Policy Analysis
Amaral EFL, Gonçalves GQ, Weiss C. 2014. “The impact of Brazil’s Bolsa Família Program on school attendance, child labor, and age-grade discrepancy, 2010.” Journal of Social Science for Policy Implications, 2(1): 101–125.
Inácio MM, Amaral EFL. 2013. “Government or opposition? The determinants of legislative support for governors in Brazil.” SAGE Open, 3: 1–11.
Pereira MAG, Amaral EFL, Costa MM. 2012. “Some determinants of the existence of government websites: 853 municipalities in Minas Gerais, Brazil.” Latin American Research Review, 47(3): 155–174.