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Viviana Vélez is a Senior Economist in the Antitrust and Competition Practice. She has more than 20 years of experience in the application of statistical, econometric, and qualitative methods for economic analysis and research. Dr. Vélez specializes in structural methods that help model individual behavior and run counterfactual experiments to inform public policy. She has conducted economic research on topics such as labor market participation and retirement decisions, social mobility patterns, education and vocational training, and crime and violence determinants. Her work has included the design and impact evaluation of various social programs implemented in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Dr. Vélez has extensive experience working at multilateral organizations, where she has participated in corporate evaluations, thematic evaluations, and country development program evaluations. She has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Education Economics and Latin American Journal of Economics and has written numerous Spanish-language online courses, reports, and articles for the Inter-American Development Bank.


PhD, Economics, University of Pennsylvania

MA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania

MA, Economics, El Colegio de México, Mexico City, Mexico

BS, Mathematics, Universidad de las Américas-Puebla, Mexico


Selected Work

Selected Experience

  • Applied quantitative methods to estimate the impact of social programs on economic and social outcomes to assess their effectiveness.
  • Coordinated and supervised external consultants, academic experts, and consulting firms in writing regional reports on social program results.
  • Used mathematical and statistical modeling to measure the market risk of commercial banks in Mexico for risk monitoring.
  • Evaluated the quality of commercial banks’ risk monitoring systems and recommended improvements to bank officials.
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