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Maria Marta Ferreyra is a senior economist at the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank. Her research specializes in the Economics of Education, with special emphasis on the effects of large-scale reforms. She has written about the effects of large-scale policies in primary and secondary education in the United States, including school choice programs such as private school vouchers and charter schools, finance reform and
accountability for public schools.

At the World Bank she has co-led a comprehensive study on higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of the study she has conducted research on the large-scale effects of admission and funding policies in the region, and the recent evolution of the higher education market in Colombia. Continuing with her interest in earlier education stages, she is also investigating the effects of teacher market reform in primary and secondary education, and of early childhood education programs. More recently, she has co-led a study on cities and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean. Related to this study, she is currently investigating the sorting of young college graduates in Colombia. In addition, she is co-leading a study on short-cycle (i.e., 2- or 3-years long) higher education programs in the region.

Her research has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, and the American Economic Journal-Economic Policy. Prior to joining the World Bank, she served as a faculty member at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.