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Title of YYGS BBS Lecture: “Evaluating Social Policy in Latin America”
Abstract: Latin America is a diverse and growing region that has been at the forefront of experimentation with innovative social policies. Professor McKee will present five examples: School vouchers in Colombia, supplementing children’s diets in Guatemala, health insurance in Costa Rica, paying mothers for keeping their kids in school in Mexico, and paying teachers and students for math test performance. We will talk about the structure of each program, how it has been evaluated, and how well it worked.
Douglas McKee is a senior lecturer in the Economics Department. He teaches classes on human capital in Latin America, the economics of aging, and econometric methods. His research interests range from decision-making of older people in developing countries to social policy evaluation to optimal pedagogy.