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Professor Raquel Bernal

Raquel Bernal is Professor at the Economics Department of Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. For the duration of her Visiting Fellowship she is hosted by the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London.

Dr. Raquel BernalProfessor Bernal's research focuses on the determinants of human capital accumulation and abillity at the early stages of life. 

During her time in the UK, she will work in three complementary projects aimed at providing more scientific evidence about the ways in which early human capital accumulation occurs, eg the dynamic features of the process of skill formation, the complementarities between different inputs and between different dimensions of human capital, and the ways in which interventions change the main features of human capital accumulation. Understanding how early human capital is shaped is crucial for the design of cost-effective scalable policies aimed at children at risk of developmental lag (especially in poor countries).

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Visiting Fellowships

This programme provides academics based in any country overseas (and active at any career stage) with the opportunity to be based at a UK higher education or other research institution of their choice for up to six months.


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