Pablo Ibarrarán is a social protection economist at the IDB. He joined the Social Protection and Health Division in March of 2012, after working for three years in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness, and for four years in the Office of Evaluation and Oversight at the Bank. He has designed and coordinated evaluations on topics relating to social protection and labor markets; and he has advised project teams on evaluations of projects in health, citizen security and urban development. His work has been published in the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Development Effectiveness and the Journal of International Trade & Economic Development.

A Mexican national, Pablo worked at the Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público in his country after obtaining his degree in Economics from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in 1998. In 2004, he earned his doctorate in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.His research interests lie in the intersection of applied microeconometrics and the evaluation of development programs, with particular emphasis on labor markets and welfare. He is currently working on several evaluations using both experimental and non-experimental designs, and has active research on the interactions between conditional-cash transfer programs and labor markets in Latin America.

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2009.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11035
Martín Caruso Bloeck, Sebastian Galiani, Pablo Ibarrarán

This paper discusses theoretical and practical issues related to long-term care (LTC) services in Latin America. Demand for these services will rise as the region undergoes a swift demographic transition from its currently young population to a rapidly aging one, especially since the region's aging cohorts are more prone to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9136

This paper presents the results of a randomized controlled trial on the long-term impacts of a youth training program. The empirical analysis estimates labor market impacts six years after the training – including long-term labor market trajectories of young people – and, to the best of our knowledge, is the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7954

This paper analyzes the effects of increased shared computer access in secondary schools in Peru. Administrative data are used to identify, through propensity-score matching, two groups of schools with similar observable educational inputs but different intensity in computer access. Extensive primary data collected from the 202 matched schools are used...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6617
Pablo Ibarrarán, Laura Ripani, Bibiana Taboada, Juan Miguel Villa, Brígida García
published in: IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2014, 3:10

This paper presents an impact evaluation of a revamped version of the Dominican youth training program Juventud y Empleo. The paper analyzes the impact of the program on traditional labor market outcomes and on outcomes related to youth behavior and life style, expectations about the future and socio-emotional skills. In...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6401

Although many countries are aggressively implementing the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) program, there is a lack of empirical evidence on its effects. This paper presents the impact of the first large-scale randomized evaluation of the OLPC program, using data collected after 15 months of implementation in 319 primary schools...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6085
David Card, Pablo Ibarrarán, Juan Miguel Villa

The guide outlines the main evaluation challenges associated with ALMP’s, and shows how to obtain rigorous impact estimates using two leading evaluation approaches. The most credible and straightforward evaluation method is a randomized design, in which a group of potential participants is randomly divided into a treatment and a control...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4494
Miguel Fuentes, Pablo Ibarrarán

In this paper we study the effect of NAFTA on the responsiveness of Mexican economy to real exchange rate shocks. We argue that, by opening the U.S. and Canadian markets to Mexican goods, NAFTA made it easier for domestic producers to take advantage of the opportunities brought by the depreciation...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4486
Pablo Ibarrarán, Alessandro Maffioli, Rodolfo Stucchi

Very little is known about the effectiveness of SME policies, and a careful look at the structure, mechanisms and incentives provided by these policies suggest caution in their implementation and, most importantly, the need to carefully and closely monitor their results. This paper relies on the microeconometric analysis of a...