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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.


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

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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

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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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