Lelys Dinarte is an Economist in the Human Development Team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. Her research interests are on education, with a focus on violence and crime. In her projects, she examines how some educational interventions can modify at-risk youth performance, including socio-emotional skills and violent behavior. Additionally, some of her projects analyze the interaction between crime and welfare, noting how illegal organizations usually harm countries’ economic growth path. She has built original datasets from the ground up, by combining datasets from administrative and geographic records, with primary data. She obtained her PhD and Master in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2018 and her B.A. in Economics from ESEN in El Salvador in 2010.