Policy Impact

Since 2015, I have been leading the experimental evaluation of a preferential college admission policy called PACE (Programa de Acceso a la Educación Superior) in Chile.  My team includes economists in academia and government. We produce rigorous research, present our results to public policy stakeholders, and advise on policy design. 

We are building large-scale datasets that will allow us to generate unique causal evidence on the impacts education access policies have on entire life trajectories. 

I gratefully acknowledge funding from the ESRC and the Jacobs Foundation. 


For the most up-to-date results, see the reports my team and I wrote:


I regularly give  talks to help policymakers and practitioners make informed decisions on PACE:

Left: Presenting research findings to the Chilean Budget Office, May 2019 ;  Right:  Orientation class in a PACE school, June 2017

Left: a quote in a PACE school; top-right: data collection in July 2017, bottom-right: focus group in a PACE school with teachers, the school principal, and students in June 2017.

Presenting research findings to 160 university professionals who implement PACE in schools and universities, with an introduction by the then undersecretary of Higher Education,  Veronica Figueroa Huencho, in July 2022.

With the FOCUS team collaborating on several data collections and focus groups in PACE schools since 2017, April 2023