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Adriana Camacho Gonzalez

Former Visiting Fellow


Adriana Camacho Gonzalez is Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policy at the National Planning Department in the Government of Colombia. She was a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development in 2014 when she was an associate professor and editor for the journal Desarrollo y Sociedad at the Economics Department from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia).

She uses empirical methods, and mainly administrative data, to test hypothesis in different areas of development economics. Her research focuses on three main areas:

  1. Understand the mechanisms of access to social programs and their political impacts.
  2. Identify their intended and unintended impacts of the design of such social programs (health and education).

Health: Impact of subsidized health insurance on young children. Additionally she investigated the incentives generated by the subsidized health insurance on the decision to become informal.

CCT:  She evaluated the Colombian CCT program, on several direct and indirect outcomes, some finding are: increased school graduation rates, but not higher quality of education; reduction of female empowerment, crime, and increased political participation.

  1. Evaluating indirect effects of armed conflict on health outcomes. The first study evaluates the impact of the armed conflict, through causing stress on the population, and deteriorating newborn health. The second examines how aerial spraying of illicit crops in Colombia affects the health of the population.
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