Welcome. I am an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics, Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. I received a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2013, and a Masters and BA in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in 2005 and 2003.
My research lies in the field of Development Economics and focuses on two topics: First and foremost, I'm interested in the analysis of violence and forced displacement and in understanding whether they can thrust victims into poverty through economic, social, and behavioral channels. Second, I'm also interested in the two-way relationship between goals, aspirations, and poverty, and how they influence socioeconomic mobility.
Since 2013, I have been working on Semillas de Apego, a group-based psychosocial intervention for primary caregivers in communities exposed to violence in Colombia. The program promotes healthy child-parent attachments as a pathway for a proper development among children exposed to violence. By fostering mothers’ mental health and capacity to become a source of emotional protection, we can help children reach their full potential amid such traumatic circumstances. Between 2014 and 2015, we developed a curriculum and tested it in a small pilot study. Currently, we are conducting an RCT of Semillas de Apego. Read more about our work here.