Gladys Lopez-Acevedo is a Lead Economist at the World Bank in the Chief Economist’s Office for the South Asia Region (SARCE), working in the areas of welfare, gender, conflict, and jobs.

Her analytical work includes Stitches to Riches?:Apparel Employment, Trade, and Development in South Asia; South Asia’s Turn: Policies to Boost Competitiveness and Create the Next Export Powerhouse; “Conflict and Poverty in Afghanistan’s Transition” and “Conflict and Private Sector Development in Afghanistan”.

Gladys was Senior Economist for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit (PREM), and worked in the Latin America Region at the World Bank managing a portfolio on evaluation, fragility, and poverty.

Her research interests include poverty, labor markets, trade, and evaluation, and she has published in these areas in academic and policy journals. Gladys has abundant experience working with and providing technical assistance to developing countries on labor markets, skills, poverty, and evaluation.

She is a fellow in global knowledge institutions such as LACEA (Latin America Association of Economists), 3IE (Impact Evaluation Network), and IZA (Institute of Labor Economics).

Prior to joining the World Bank, she held positions in the Government of Mexico, including Director of Social Programs in the Ministry of Finance, Advisor to the Under Minister of Finance, and Deputy Director in the Ministry of Economy. Gladys has been an associate professor at the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) and a research fellow at the University of Virginia.

She holds a B.A in Economics from ITAM, and a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Virginia (UVA).

Gladys joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2017.