Rajeev Dehejia | Guest Speaker. Dehejiais an Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. Prior academic affiliations include the University of Toronto, Columbia University, and Tufts University. His research spans econometrics, development economics, and labor economics, with a focus on program evaluation methods and applied micro-empirical policy research; publications include papers in the Journal of Development Economics, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Journal of Econometrics, The Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, and the Journal of the American Statistical Association. He is a coeditor of the Journal of Human Resources and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics.
Diego Amador| Instructor. Amador is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of the Universidad de los Andes. His most recent research explores the effects of policies related to abortion and contraceptive use on human capital accumulation of women in the United States. His research interests include labor economics, economics of the family and econometric techniques applied to the analysis of micro data. Diego holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rosangela Bando| Instructor. Bando is an economist specialized in evaluation at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her research focuses on development economics. Her previous research focused on education, including community education, support for school management, information technology, school infrastructure and teacher training. She also has worked on issues such as child labor, gender, political economy, and value chains. Her research has been published in magazines focused on international-arbitration as well as economics. She did her post-doctoral work at the Institute of Business and Economic Research at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. She has a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master's degree in Economics and Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of the Americas-Puebla. She has given classes at workshops and in universities at both the bachelor's and post-graduate levels in microeconomics, mathematics, and development economics, among others.
Raquel Bernal| Instructor. Bernal is a Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Economic Development at the Economics Department of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a PhD in Economics from New York University and MA and BA degrees from the Universidad de Los Andes. She worked as an assistant professor at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) between 2003 and 2007 prior to moving to Colombia. Her recent research focuses on the determinants of an individual's performance in the labor market and in particular, the determinants of ability at early stages of life. Current research projects include the study of the effects of women's employment and child care choices on children's cognitive ability as well as estimation of the effects of child care quality and parents' specific time allocations on children's development. She has also worked in the evaluation of a wide variety of early childhood development programsin Colombia for which she has assessed over 30,000 children and successfully worked jointly with the government in improving and innovating in ECD policy design. She is also a coauthor of the textbook “Guía Práctica para la Evaluación de Impacto” [Impact Evaluation- Guide for Practitioners] published by the Universidad de los Andes on the first edition and by the Universidad Católica de Chile on the second one. It has been reprinted three times and sold in more in various countries in the region and it’s used to teach impact evaluation in several countries in the region and in Spain.
Jorge Bonilla| Instructor. Bonilla is an Assistant Professor at the Economics Department of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), MA degree in economics from the Universidad de Los Andes and BA degree in forest engineering from the Universidad del Tolima. He worked as an advisor of the Environmental Policy and Urban Development Unit at the National Planning Department in Colombia between 2003 and 2005. He has taught courses in the field of quantitative methods for bachelor, master and PhD students. His research area is environmental economics with emphasis on environmental policy instruments to control air pollution and economics of climate change.
Leonardo Corral| Instructor. Corral is a Principal Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank. During his career at the IDB, he has worked for more than 12 years as team leader and economist in the preparation, supervision and evaluation of investment projects and knowledge projects in a wide range of sectors, including: environment and natural resource management, land management, agriculture, tourism, water and sanitation, solid waste management, disaster risk management and coastal-area management. He currently works on impact evaluations of land management projects, irrigation, forestry conservation policies, and tourism development projects. Before joining the IDB, he worked as a policy officer at the FAO. He received his PhD in Agricultural and Resources Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.
Arturo J. Galindo | Instructor. Galindo is the chief of the Strategic Development Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. He was previously a regional economics advisor for the Andean Region at the Bank, chief economist at the Colombian Banking Association, adviser to the Colombian Finance Ministry on financial-sector issues, adviser to the Colombian government on coffee issues, economics professor at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, research economist at the IDB, and economist at the Central Bank of Colombia. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His academic research focuses on issues of finance, banking, public finances, macroeconomics, international economics, and development economics -- all areas in which he has numerous publications.
Edwin A. Goñi Pacchioni | Instructor. Goñi Pachoni is a Lead Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank. He has worked for more than ten years doing economic research as senior economist for the Andean Region at the IDB, consultant to the World Bank Development Research Group, consultant to the World Bank's Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean, and research economist in the Superintendency of Banks, Insurance and Pension Fund Administrators of Peru. He has been an instructor at both the graduate and undergraduate level at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Perú. He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute. His academic research and publications focus on labor markets, productivity and economic development.
Darío Maldonado | Instructor. Maldonado is an Associate Professor and Director of Research of the School of Government of the Universidad de los Andes. He has an economics degree from the Universidad de los Andes and holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Toulouse. He has participated in several studies about the design an evaluation of public policies especially in the areas of education and pensions. His research has been published in international journals. Recently he participated in several projects about the Colombian education policy agenda; this works have effectively been used to shape this agenda. His actual research includes the evaluation of the main ICT for schools program in Colombia and of the Kangaroo Mother Care program.
Oscar Mitnik| Instructor. Mitnik is a Lead Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank. Among his prior positions, he was a senior financial economist at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and an Assistant Professor at the University of Miami. His main areas of research are on the determinants and effects of public social policies, both in developing and developed countries, and on the econometric methods for impact evaluation. His research has focused mostly on programs oriented to low-income individuals, analyzing their effects on labor and health outcomes, as well as their intergenerational effects. In addition, he has conducted research on the political economy factors that determine public policies, on personnel economics, and on econometric issues related to the stress testing of financial institutions. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
Ximena Peña | Instructor. Peña is an Associate Professor at the Economics Department of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Peña holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University and MA and BA degrees from the Universidad de Los Andes. Her research has focused on labor economics including informality in developing countries and the disadvantages faced by women in the labor market. Current research projects include the estimation of the effects of child care quality and parents' specific time allocations on children's development and the effects of collective land-titling on private investments of afro-descendants in the Colombian Pacific region. She has directed or advised several impact evaluations in Colombia and Latin America. She is currently involved in two evaluations of early childhood interventions and is leading an intervention to liberate time for vulnerable households, improve their welfare and promote changes in gender norms inside the household. She has successfully worked jointly with the government in improving and innovating in ECD policy design and the gender policy in the country. She has translated her academic research in more policy-oriented papers, including the effects of discrimination against women on social mobility. She is also a coauthor of the textbook “Guía Práctica para la Evaluación de Impacto” [Impact Evaluation- Guide for Practitioners] published by the Universidad de los Andes on the first edition and by the Universidad Católica de Chile on the second one. It has been reprinted three times and sold in more in various countries in the region and it’s used to teach impact evaluation in several countries in the region and in Spain.
Maria Fernanda Rodrigo| Instructor. Rodrigo is a Research Fellow in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank since August 2013. Before that, she worked as an advisor in the sectorial policy division of the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development, and the antitrust division of the Colombian Trade Commission. Her research focuses on cooperatives, technology adoption, food security and productivity. She is currently evaluating the impact of information technologies on outcome variables at birth (infant weight and height) in vulnerable populations. Maria Fernanda holds a PhD in Agricultural and Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Mateo Arbeláez| Teaching Assistant. Arbeláez graduated with an undergraduate degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes and is currently pursuing a master's in economics there. During 2014, he was a research assistant with the Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government (at los Andes) in the impact evaluation of the "Everyone to Learn" program of the Ministry of Education. He is currently an adjunct professor of advanced econometrics at the Universidad de los Andes.
Paula Andrea Beltrán | Teaching Assistant. Beltrán holds an undergraduate and a master's degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes, having completed the latter in 2015. She currently works at the Central Bank of Colombia, where she provides technical assistance for guiding decisions on monetary policy.
Maria Amelia Gibbons| Teaching Assistant. Gibbons is a consultant in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness (SPD) of the Inter-American Development Bank. She has a bachelor's and master's degree in economics from the Universidad de San Andrés in Argentina. Before joining the IDB, she was a teaching assistant in econometrics and regulatory economics at the Universidad de San Andrés. She was also a research assistant for academic and professional projects. Her professional experience includes consulting work in the design of impact evaluation for Argentina and Panama. She has taught courses on impact evaluation in Ecuador, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic and Argentina. Her interests focus on social-sector issues for economic development and public policy, especially in the use of econometrics as the principal tool of analysis.
Laura Martínez | Teaching Assistant. Martínez holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the Universidad de los Andes and currently is pursuing a master's in economics there. She has worked on issues of housing and urban development in the National Planning Department and is currently a research assistant to Professor Ximena Peña.
Rafael Novella | Teaching Assistant. Novella is an economist and consultant at the Labor Market and Social Security Unit (LMK) of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he is the unit’s impact evaluations coordinator. He leads a variety of impact evaluations of labor training and intermediation services policies and collaborates in the dialogue with different countries in the region. His main areas of academic interest are development, labor and family economics and applied microeconomics. He has also worked for the Ministry of Health of Peru, at the Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) in Peru, as research fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Genoa, Italy, as consultant for the World Bank in different research projects for the Africa, Asia and Latin-American region and for Tulane University. Novella holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Essex, UK; a master in Economics from the University of Leuven (KUL), Belgium; and a degree in Economics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).
María Catalina Rey | Teaching Assistant. Rey is working towards a master's degree in Economics and Public Policy at the Universidad de los Andes. She did her undergraduate studies in economics and international business administration at Rosario University and worked as a research assistant and economic editor at the Central Bank of Colombia. She currently works as a research assistant on impact evaluation design at the Alberto Lleras Camargo School of Government (at los Andes).
Alejandro Sánchez | Teaching Assistant. Since April 2014, Sánchez has been employed as a research assistant at the Center for Economic Development Studies at the Universidad de los Andes, where he works on impact evaluation projects related to early childhood in Colombia. He also works as an adjunct professor of advanced econometrics and Stata at los Andes. He holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and a master's in economics from los Andes and will begin his doctoral studies in economics at the University of Pennsylvania in mid-2015.
Harold Villalba | Teaching Assistant. Villalba is an adjunct professor in the economics department at the Universidad de los Andes. He received his master's in economics from los Andes in February 2015 and currently works at Colombia's congress. He also has worked as a consultant for the indigenous Cerrejón Guajira foundation in evaluating early childhood programs.