Ximena is a development economist with 6+ years of experience in performing rigorous research and economic analysis with a strong data-driven focus. Her research seeks to understand how public policies and shocks affect agents’ economic decisions. She has worked extensively conducting applied research in policy relevant topics including education, labor, health and social inclusion policies in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Prior to joining UNICEF, Ximena worked as a Post-Doctoral researcher at the chair of Development Economics at the University of Fribourg. She also gained field experience working on qualitative data collection on women’s and health issues in India and worked as a Data Analysis Intern at the International Labor Organization. Ximena was also previously a visiting researcher at the Development Group of Paris School of Economics. She holds a PhD degree from the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) and academic majors in Development Economics and Growth (M.Sc.), International Political Economics (M.Sc.) and Economics (B.A.).