Raissa is an applied microeconomist working on development, behavioral and labor topics. Her work is primarily related to understanding constraints on learning and the accumulation of human capital in developing countries and evaluating interventions and policies that could mitigate those barriers. Her current research evaluates the impact of attending better schools in Mexico City, the labor market effects of television-based schools and different delivery arrangements for agricultural extension services.
Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., she managed a number of experimental evaluations for the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in Cape Town, South Africa and Santiago, Chile and for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) in Busia, Kenya.
Raissa holds a B.A. in Economics from McGill University (2008), an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Oxford (2009) and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University (2018). She was born and raised in Mexico.