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Gastón Pierri

Ph.D. in Economics with over 10 years of experience in Development Economic projects in
Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Southeast Asia (SEA) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions.
(IDB and WBG)


At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). I work as a Public Sector Reform Evaluator at the Institutional Cluster of the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness SPD/SDV at the IDB where I supports the dialogue with the client, design, implementation and supervision of  IDB’s sector operations, including governance, public sector strengthening and reform, decentralization, fiscal and economic issues as well as the development of capital markets and financial institutions, and competitiveness at the national, regional and local level.

At the World Bank Group (WB)I worked at the Governance Global Practice (LAC, SEA and MENA Regions) where I led the design, execution of operations and operational research of public sector reform, particularly in: social accountability, transparency, and reduction of corruption, civic engagement, modernization of governmental organizations and institutions, performance management, legal & judicial reform, and decentralization in Cambodia, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Jordan.

Prior to joining the World Bank I spent more than 10 years working in academia, international organizations, and public administration. In academia I was a Research Fellow at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota, where I conducted analyses of micro-data from Integrated Public Use Micro-data Series- International (IPUMS-International). In international organizations and public administration. In international organizations and public administration I worked in the field with USAID (Haiti and Dominican Republic) as an Economic Researcher, evaluating the impact of a labor program with Haitian sugarcane workers. I also worked in the Ministry of Economy (Argentina) as a Financial Advisor, improving the design and implementation of a tax and procurement program to encourage formalization and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises through tax incentives.

My current research lies at the intersection of development economics, public policy and public sector reform, through the application of a both experimental (RCT) and non-experimental impact evaluation (IE) strategies based on RDD, DID, PSM and others. My training focuses on general empirical microeconomics, implementation and evaluation of governance, social protection and transport interventions. My research interests include issues related to Public sector governance, procurement, tax reform, justice reform, service delivery, social accountability, social protection and transportation.

Curriculum Vitae



PhD. in Applied Economics, awarded 2015 with highest honors University of Alcala (UAH) Departments of Applied Economics, Spain. Minnesota Population Centre (MPC), University of Minnesota, (UMN), Minnesota Population Centre, USA.
Dissertation Title: Development Strategies and Law in an Unequal Latin America. The impact of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Colombia's Conditional Cash Transfer Programs on Justice and Educations Outcomes. Committee: Tomas Mancha Navarro, chair (UAH), Ragui Assaad, (University of Minnesota- UMN), Barbara Frey (UMN), Robert McCaa, (UMN & Minnesota Population Center).
Honors: Miguel de Cervantes and Minnesota Population Center Fellowships. Areas of Concentration: Development Economics, Development Planning and Advance Policy Analysis Methods.


M.A. in Public Administration and Public Management, awarded 2008
University of Alcala (UAH), Spain.
Thesis: The New Context in International Development in Ibero-America; An Evaluation of the Ibero-American Secretariat (SEGIB) and Organization of American States (OAS).


B.A. in Law Specialization in Public Administration and Law and Economics, awarded 2006
Additional coursework in School of Economics (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Econometrics and Economic Development). University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Research Focuses: Poverty, social protection, social accountability, service delivery, education, citizen security, justice reform and post-conflict reconciliation.

Professional and Research Positions:

11/2013 - present

Impact Evaluation and Governance Consultant World Bank (WB), Washington DC, USA. − Participate on the design, implementation, program evaluation and experimental & non-experimental impact evaluations (IEs) of social protection, justice reform, legal aid, citizen security, service delivery, social accountability and decentralization in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Jordan and Jamaica.
− Participated in several World Bank missions to conduct and supervise different impact evaluations phases in Latin America and South Asia.
− Participated in several publications, trainings and i2i grant proposal to secure funding for the impact evaluation of the projects, all of them awarded a $175,000 grant.
− Developed a country-by-country inventory app ( of justice surveys to help in the construction of the 16th indicator for the Post-2015 SDGs.

11/2012 - 11/2015

Research Fellow
Minnesota Population Centre (MPC), University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
− Conducted analyses from Argentina and Colombia's Social Protection Programs using Integrated Public Use Micro-data Series, International (IPUMS-International) and Household Surveys Data.
− Assisted in the development of the IPUMS_CPS_I project.

9/2011 - 10/2012

Visiting Scholar and Visiting Researcher
Humphrey School Public Affairs (HSPA) University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.
− Worked on my third and forth dissertation chapters using data from Argentina's Household Survey (Encuesta Permanente de Hogares, EPH).
− Responsible for developing and implementing an M&E Tool for GCN Capstone Projects in Tumbatu, Ecuador; Cantel, Guatemala; Permambuco, Brazil & White Earth Reservation, USA.

07/2009 - 08/2011

Director of the Research Center
Law and Development Research Center. Melo Guerrero Institute, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
− Coordinated and conducted seminars and activities to promote research about law and development in Dominican Republic.
− Participate in Law and Development research projects (Improving education, labor and justice data for doing business, etc).

10/2006- 08/2007

Development Consultant
United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Buenos Aires, Argentina.
− Promoted clusters and networks to increase productivity impact on Small & Medium Enterprises. Provided legal advisory services to the Director to ensure that missions met program objectives.
− Established procedures and agreements with public and private institutions in order to meet program objectives.
− Developed a strategic plan to promote the Network of Development Agencies in Argentina.

09/2002- 09/2006

Legal and Finance Advisor
Division. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
− Improved the design and implementation of a tax and procurement program to encourage formalization and growth of Small and Medium Enterprises through tax incentives.
− Provided legal advice on policies to support SME trade facilitation.
− Developed policy research and drafted regulations to promote SME development in Argentina.


Working Papers:

Nicholas Menzies, Bilal Siddiqi and Gastón Pierri, Doing Justice to Impact Evaluations. Methods, challenges and guidance to implement an IE in Public Sector Governance. (Forthcoming).


Gastón Pierri, The Impact of Mobile Centers on Increasing Access to Services for Marginalized Populations in Colombia). (Forthcoming).


Ragui Assad and Gastón Pierri, The impact of Argentina’s Asignación Universal por Hijo (Universal Child Allowance program) Cash Transfer Program on Educations Outcomes. Minnesota Population Center, University of Minnesota.


Gastón Pierri, “Development Strategies and Law in Latin America: Argentine, Brazilian and Chilean Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in Comparative Perspective”. Institute of Economic and Social Affairs (IAES). University of Alcala, Working Paper Series 05/2012 (Serie de Documentos de Trabajo 05/2012). Working paper available in the RePEc- Research Papers in Economics. July 2012.

Books and chapters in edited volumes:

Victor Abramovich, Christian Courtis and Gastón Pierri. Chapter: Rights and Administrative Supervision (Derechos y Tutela Antidiscriminatoria) Book Coordinator: Guillermo Escobar, Published by Thomson Reuters Aranzadi Press, March 2012.


Gastón Pierri. "New Context of Development AID in Latin American. An evaluation of Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB) and Organization of American States (OAS)". Enciclopedia Virtual Eumed, University of Malaga, October 2009.


Gastón Pierri. “Increasing Transparency and Good Governance in Iberoamerica. The Ombudsman in Argentina” and “The Ombudsman in Honduras". Published by Thomson Reuters Aranzadi Press, December 2008.

Research Reports and Blogs:

Nicholas Menzies and Gastón Pierri The SDGs indicators on rule of law need to respect the targets agreed in September. World Bank, Washington D.C., October 2015.


Gastón Pierri. "Are Conditional Cash Transfers Having an Impact on Achieving Access to Education? Some answers from Argentina. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, UNRISD, Geneva, Switzerland. May 2014.

Honors & Awards


Part of the team that received the i2i Grant to secure funding for the IE of the Colombia and Cambodia project. ($350.000).

11/2011 - 11/2014

GCN-HSPA-MPC, University of Minnesota– USA. International Fellowship Program.($40,600).

06/2012 - 07/2012

Institute for Global Law and IGLP Santander Grant Recipient - Harvard Law School – USA. Residential Program for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Scholars on Global Law and Economic Policy. ($5,800).

01/2009 - 07/2009

Cervantes Fellowship - Alcala University – Spain. Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program supporting outstanding international pre-doctoral students. ($5,500).

09/2007 - 12/2008

AECID Scholarship - Spanish Government - Spain. Scholarship Program supporting outstanding young professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean working in the public administration. ($49,900).

Languages & Skills


Native Spanish speaker, Fluent in English Knowledge of Portuguese.


Statistical Packages: Stata and SPSS

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Here you can find links to diferent publications.

Universidad de Minnesota

The Impact of Argentina’s Asignación Universal por Hijo (AUH) Cash Transfer Program on Education Outcomes

Authors: Gastón Pierri and Ragui Assaad

This paper studies the impact of the Asignación Universal por Hijo (AUH) Argentina's cash transfer program on the educational outcomes of children of recipient households. Particularly it focuses on the whether the educational conditionality of the transfers has had effects on reducing drop out from school and increasing the rates of grade advancement among students who remain in school. To assess impact, the paper utilize propensity score matching methods on data from the Encuesta Permanente de Hogares, a household survey that cover 60% of the Argentina population. The paper finds that the receipt of cash transfers has not significant effect on either drop out or grade advancement for the population as whole, but that a small negative effect on drop out and a positive effect on grade advancement can be detected for the northwestern and northeastern regions, two regions that are generally poorer and have worse education outcomes.

Banco Mundial

The SDGs indicators on rule of law need to respect the targets agreed in September

Submitted on 10/22/2015 Authors: Gastón Pierri and Nicholas Menzies

On Monday, the final round of discussions will get underway in Bangkok on the indicators to measure the Sustainable Development Goals that were agreed by all UN Member states in New York last month. The agreement from New York calls for the underlying indicators to “preserve the political balance, integration and ambition” of the agenda.

Target 16.3, as agreed in New York, is to “Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.” The proposed indicators for 16.3, to be discussed in Bangkok, do not respect the ambition of the target as they both focus on the criminal justice system. Whilst criminal justice is important to many people’s lives – in truth, only a small percentage of the population comes into direct contact with the criminal justice system. Sustainable development is about much more.

Banco Mundial

Access to Justice for Marginalized Populations in Colombia: The Role of Mobile Units

Submitted on 12/01/2014, Author: Gastón Pierri

This study describes the use of Mobile Units in increasing access to justice services through two programs implemented in Colombia Mobile Justice Centers (Casa de Justicia Movil) and the Mobile Victims Unit (Unidad Movil para la Atencion y Orientacion a Victimas del Conflicto Armado). Through these programs, the Colombian Government has offered legal services to more than 25,000 individuals. We assess the benefits and challenges of using these units to overcome barriers to access to justice that affect vulnerable populations, and victims of armed conflict. After an analysis of the programs’ management models, this study offers recommendations for the implementation, expansion, and scaling of mobile unit programs.


Are Conditional Cash Transfers Having an Impact on Achieving Access to Education? Some Answers from Argentina

Submitted on 05/27/2014, Author: Gastón Pierri

The impact of Argentina’s Asignación Universal por Hijo Cash Transfer Programme on the right to education
The conditions of poverty and exclusion that affect a great part of Latin America have led governments to create various social security programmes, directed primarily at the most vulnerable families and communities. Several governments, including those of Argentina, Colombia and Mexico, have established conditional cash transfer (CCT) programmes for families in need, as well as scholarships and other types of assistance for students in the national education system. Besides their development implications, these programmes are promoted as a way to fulfill states’ human rights obligations, especially with regard to the rights set forth in the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The expansion of these programmes invites scrutiny with regard to their effectiveness. Using a case from Argentina, I briefly assess whether CCTs are having a positive impact on the human right to education.

Universidad de Hardvard

Development Strategies and Law in Latin America: Argentine, Brazilian and Chilean Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in Comparative Perspective

Submitted on 07/07/2012, Author: Gastón Pierri

The current scenario of globalization signals the need for new strategies of influence to determine the global positioning of Latin America, raising the importance of playing one’s cards properly in international accords and relations, both in considering other countries domestic concerns as well as their economic alliances. The lessons learned by the global financial crisis and the path to growth in Latin America, fueled by Chinese consumption, present this region with an ideal scenario for planning a new development strategy. Brazil and other economies in the region are implementing a variety of instruments that could prove to be the basis for a new developmental policy.

Universidad de Alcala

Nuevo Contexto de la Cooperación Internacional. Una Evaluacion Institucional de la SEGIB y la OEA en Iberoamérica

Submitted on 12/31/2008, Author: Gastón Pierri

Esta tesina evalúa institucionalmente el rol que tienen en el ámbito de la Cooperación Internacional para el desarrollo dos organismos regionales que han adquirido gran relevancia en el ámbito político pero que también realizan esfuerzos para la superación de la pobreza y el desarrollo social y económico integral de sus pueblos. Para tal fin se intentará efectuar un estudio analítico-descriptivo –utilizando fuentes primarias y secundarias- sobre las iniciativas de cooperación llevadas a cabo principalmente por la SEGIB y la OEA; basándose en un examen de las publicaciones y documentos normativos de estos organismos, así como de la doctrina especializada en los temas que este trabajo aborda.

Blog collaborations

And here you find the blogs that I collaborate on.

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Country-by-country app:

Developed a country-by-country inventory app ( of justice surveys to help in the construction of the 16th indicator for the Post-2015 SDGs.


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Impact Evaluation of Social Accountability Intervention for Improved Service Delivery Project (World Bank) Technical Support Mission to Kampong Chhnang, Cambodia

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Implementation of Desentralization ISAF Project (World Bank) Peam Ror, Kampong Svay and Stong District, Cambodia

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Research on Indicators of Forced Labor in the Dominican (USAID)Field work Haiti and Dominican Republic

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