BISG Lunch with Daniel Ortega (Director of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF, Development Bank of Latin America)


Thursday, April 27, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


T-401, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Daniel E. Ortega is director of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF, Development Bank of Latin America. He will talk about the use of Behavioral Insights in three initiatives being evaluated by CAF’s team. The first has to do with the way the municipality of Bogotá engages jobseekers so they’ll keep their personal and contact information updated in the municipal employment service; the second is focused on increasing tax compliance in the municipality of Sucre in Caracas through their web-based payment system; and the third seeks to help Colombia’s national registry of public administrative procedures – which provides advice and support to public agencies for increasing the efficiency of their processes – to improve the registry rate across the entire public sector.

Daniel’s research has broadly been in the area of microeconomics of development, with a focus on social experimentation and impact evaluation of anti-crime interventions, such as police training programs in Colombia and Argentina as well as hotspots patrol experimental evaluations in Bogotá and Medellin. He is coordinator of CAF’s research program on citizen security and has recently led several experiments with tax authorities to evaluate strategies for increasing tax compliance. An overarching theme in his agenda is the use of impact evaluation as a tool for public management, which can help build stronger institutions that are capable of using their policy experience to leave a knowledge footprint benefiting the quality of public policy. His research has been published in several peer reviewed scholarly journals. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.

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