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The Social Impact of Climate Change

By Camilo Pecha and Lynn Saghir

Interview with Camilo Pecha, microeconomist for the Caribbean at the IDB, and moderated by Lynn Saghir, Communications and Creative Director for the Caribbean at the IDB. – Designed and directed by Lynn Saghir – Photo credit: Sangoiri and Alohaflaminggo, shutterstock 

In his paper titled “the effects of Weather Shocks on Early Childhood Development“, Camilo analyses the effects of exposure to tropical storms and hurricanes during pregnancy on children’s anthropometric measurements taken within the first five years of life. The study combines destruction indexes derived from tropical storms and 13 yearly rounds of household-level surveys from Jamaica.


About the authors:

Camilo Pecha is an economist expert on causal inference and data analysis. He received his PhD in Applied Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona and he specializes in environmental economics and applied microeconomics.  His research topics are “the effect of climate change on social welfare and impact evaluation”. He has been leading the research agenda on climate change in the Caribbean Country Department (CCB) for the last two years and he is the scientific focal point for geospatial data generation in CCB.




Lynn Saghir is a Communications and Creative Director for the Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Before joining the IDB, she worked as a design, communications and marketing specialist at the World Bank and held multiple roles as creative director for leading global graphic design and advertising companies responsible for crafting, developing and conceptualizing big ideas, social media, strategies and pitches for multimillion dollars campaigns and ads. Lynn holds a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, an MBA and a Masters in Management from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Paris (ESCP). She has created a board game and founded the fashion brand Lylus. She received two Community Management certificates from the World Bank where she was awarded for high quality work, collaboration, commitment, and engagement. Lynn is a mother of 2 wonderful boys, Liam and Ryan. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, skiing, exploring new cultures, and walking by the ocean. Other than her love for adventure, she has a passion for music and movies.


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