IEN (Impact Evaluation Network)

The Impact Evaluation Network (IEN) at LACEA is an initiative that aims to advance the state of knowledge and expertise regarding impact evaluation of different policies.

Tenth Meeting

March 22nd to 24th, 2017

The IEN has been active since 2007, and given its 10th anniversary, we held a special meeting hosted by the Inter-American Development Bank, from March 22nd to 24th, 2017, in Washington, D.C., USA. The program included a keynote address by Prof. Miguel Urquiola (Columbia University), the presentation of invited and contributed academic papers, as well as two panel discussions with policy makers, researchers, practitioners and representatives of multilateral organizations about actual policies the implementations of programs, and their rigorous impact evaluation.


Inter-American Development Bank 
Auditorium Andres Bello
1300 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C., 20577

Keynote Speaker

Miguel Urquiola (Columbia University)
"Competition, Evaluation, And School Productivity"

Papers Selected

"Can Small Incentives Have Large Payoffs? Health Impacts of a National Conditional Cash Transfer Program in Bolivia" Pablo Celhay (Pont. Universidad Católica de Chile) - Slides
Comments - Florencia Lopez-Boo (IDB)

"Happily Ever After? Domestic Violence, Women’s Empowerment, and Stress After CCTs" Adriana Camacho (Universidad de los Andes) - Slides
Comments - Martin Valdivia (GRADE) 

"Soap Operas, Trust and Financial Inclusion: Experimental Evidence from Peruvian Rural Areas" Martin Valdivia (GRADE)  - Slides
Comments: Raquel Bernal (Universidad de los Andes)

"Do Firms Redline Workers? A Controlled Experiment in Bogotá" Luz Salas (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana) - Slides
Comments - Alessandro Maffioli (IIC)

"Impact Evaluation of the Job Youth Training Program Projoven" David Rosas (IDB) - Slides
Comments: Guillermo Cruces (CEDLAS-UNLP & CONICET)

"Housing Subsidies, Labor Supply and Household Welfare. Experimental Evidence from Argentina" Guillermo Cruces (CEDLAS-UNLP & CONICET)
Comments: Marina Bassi (IDB)

"Effects of an Early Stimulation Curriculum And a Nutritional Intervention in a National Public Parenting Program in Colombia on Child Development and Growth: a Cluster-randomized Controlled Trial" Raquel Bernal (Universidad de los Andes) - Slides
Comments - Pablo Celhay (Pont. Universidad Católica de Chile) 

"Delivering Parenting Interventions Through Health Services in the Caribbean: Impact, Acceptability and Costs" Florencia López-Boo (IDB) - Slides 
Comments - Adriana Camacho (Universidad de los Andes)

"Identifying National Level Education Reforms in Developing Settings: An Application to Ethiopia" Luke E. Chicoine (DePaul University) - Slides
Comments: Ana Ribeiro (Universidade de Sao Paulo)

"Combining Pre-school Teacher Training with Parenting Education: A Cluster-randomized Controlled Trial" Berk Özler (World Bank) - Slides
Comments - Felipe Barrera-Osorio

"Do Conditional Cash Transfers Lead to Better Secondary Schools?: Evidence from Jamaica’s PATH" Sebastián Insfran (IDB) - Slides
Comments - Luke E. Chicoine (DePaul University)

"Affirmative Action Outcomes: Evidence from a Law School in Brazil" Ana Ribeiro (Universidade de São Paulo) - Slides
Comments - Berk Ozler (World Bank)

"Casting a Wider Tax Net: Experimental Evidence from Costa Rica" Anne Brockmeyer (World Bank) - Slides 
Comments - Oscar Mitnik (IDB) 

"Moving Citizens and Deterring Criminals: Innovation in Public Transport Facilities" Gustavo Canavire-Bacarreza (Universidad EAFIT) - Slides
Comments - Anne Brockmeyer (World Bank)

"Impact Evaluation of a Cluster Program: An Application of Synthetic Control Methods" Diego Aboal (Centro de Investigaciones Económicas) - Slides 
Comments - Rodolfo Stucchi (IIC)

"Impact Dynamics of Livestock Assets Transfers in Nicaragua: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial" Lina Salazar (IDB) - Slides
Comments: Yuri Soares (MIF)

Academic Committee for the 10th meeting: 

  • Balsa, Ana – Universidad de Montevideo
  • Martinez, Claudia – Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Santiago, Ana – Inter-American Development Bank

Organizing Committee for the 10th meeting: 

  • Alzua, María Laura  –  CEDLAS-UNLP & CONICET 
  • Barrera-Osorio, Felipe – Harvard University
  • Martinez, Sebastian – Inter-American Development Bank
  • Mitnik, Oscar – Inter-American Development Bank
  • Santiago, Ana – Inter-American Development Bank