2011–2017 Ph.D. in Economics, University of Calgary, Canada. 2016(W) Visiting Student at the University of Michigan School of Information. Dissertation Title: "Three Essays in Luck, Effort, and Economic Opportunity" Dissertation Committee:Robert Oxoby (chair), Jean-Francois Wen, and Atsuko Tanaka
2007–2009 Master in Economics PEG, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Thesis: “Risk Preferences under Extreme Poverty: A Field Experiment".
2002–2007 Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Colombia. Minor in Business Administration.
2017 - today Consultant, Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Colombia. Project Laboratory of Savings for the Retirement What I do I provide regional technical assistance on the design and evaluation of innovative interventions seeking to increase individual´s savings for retirement, with a particular focus on self-employed and low income individuals. Director Mariano Bosch and Fermin Vivianco
2010 & 2011 Main Consultant, Presidency of the Republic of Colombia for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Colombia. Project Systematization and Evaluation of two micro-finance programs: Rotatory Funds and Self-organized savings and loans associations. What I did In the first phase, we designed and implemented the systematization of the Rotatory Funds which was an strategy used by the government in the framework of the programs for the rights promotion and the sexual and reproductive health. Additional to surveys and semi-structured inquiries, we used economic experiments to make measures on trust, reciprocity, risk and behaviors towards public goods. On the second phase, we conducted the final evaluation of the program.
2009 – 2010 Consultant, The World Bank, Colombia. Project "Colombia Programmatic Quality of Education Program" (AAA) and the "Rural Education Project in Support of a Program to Improve Access and Quality" (APL). What I did (AAA) Consolidated Colombian education information from multiple sources (DANE, SINEB, State Exams and the Saber Tests, using the DUE-08), to conduct analyze institutional factors that affect the learning process. (APL) Work with the MEN in order to restructure the Results and Intermediate Indicators of the Programa de Educación Rural Phase II PER II. Director Raja Bentaouet Kattan (LCSHE). Supervisor Fernando López-Torrijos (Consultant)
Non-teaching Academic Experience
2011 & 2016 Research Assistant, University of Calgary, Canada. What I did Design and analysis of economic experiments aimed at finding determinants of Social Capital. Supervisor Robert Oxoby.
2010-2011 Project Associate in Colombia, Ideas42 at Harvard University and Innovations for Poverty Action - IPA, Colombia. What I did Negotiation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation--mostly with social experiments--of programs and projects in microfinance, entrepreneurship and others with a high potential impact on the poor. Principal Investigator Antoinette Schoar ~ MIT. Coordinator Ximena Cadena ~ ideas42.
2007 – 2009 Research Assistant, Banco de la República- Subgerencia de Estudios Económicos & Centro de Estudios sobre Desarrollo Económico (CEDE), Colombia. Project Characterization of the Exporting and Importing Behavior of the Colombian Firms using transactions micro-data. NSF project SES-0922358: "Search and Learning in Export Markets". What I did Design and compilation of a database created using data from the "Superintendencia de Sociedades”, the Annual Manufacturer Survey and the survey of Micro-establishments. Analysis of transaction level data of the Colombian international trade with a panel of 11 years 1996-2007 (more than 10 million records). Characterization of the firms involved in trade with the use of the other sources. Principal Investigators Marcela Eslava ~ Universidad de los Andes; Johnathan Eaton ~ Penn. State University; Maurice Kugler ~Harvard University; James Tybout ~ Penn. State University. Coordinators Marcela Eslava, and Enrique Montes ~ Banco de la República
2014-2016 Scholarship Mentor, Graduate Leader's Circle, University of Calgary. 2014 President, Economics Graduate Association (EGA), University of Calgary. 2013 Member, Professional Development Grants Committee, Graduate Students' Association (GSA), University of Calgary. 2005–2011 Permanent Volunteer, Fundación Bella Flor, Colombia, www.bellaflor.org. The Bella Flor Foundation is a social organization of students, professionals and members of the community of the Bella Flor neighborhood in Ciudad Bolivar, Bogotá. The foundation seeks to improve both the actual and future opportunities and life quality of children in Ciudad Bolivar. Currently the Foundation services 180 children and their families providing health, education, nutrition and arts programs.