The cream of an amazing crop
Every 2 years, Colombia honors one young economist – under 40 – with the Juan Luis Londoño Prize, which recognizes her/his contribution to the country’s social welfare. The prize is named after an economist who died ten years ago while serving his country as Social Protection Minister.
Juan Luis (pictured) was brilliant, outgoing, funny and loved shocking people and making waves. He left a very deep imprint on social policy – especially health care reform – in Colombia.
This year´s prize has just been awarded to Raquel Bernal, who currently leads the economics research center in the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, known as CEDE.
Her work focuses mostly on early childhood development and informal markets and she is the co-author of the most widely used textbook on Impact Evaluation in Spanish. She is a very impressive economist.
Raquel joins a very select group which includes Alejandro Gaviria, (@agaviriau) Colombia´s current Health Minister, Felipe Barrera (@felbarrera), an education economist currently at Harvard and Ana Maria Ibañez (@anamibanez), who is now the Dean of the Economics School in Los Andes University and whose work has focused on the displaced population in Colombia.
And this is just the cream of an amazing crop of young economists that are taking economics in Colombia to a complete new level.
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