Maria Marta Ferreyra is a senior economist at the Office of the Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean of the World Bank. Her research specializes in the Economics of Education. She has written about the effects of large-scale policies in primary and secondary education in the United States, including school choice programs such as private school vouchers and charter schools, and public schools’ finance and accountability.
At the World Bank she has led a comprehensive study on higher education in Latin America and the Caribbean. As part of the study she has conducted research on the large-scale effects of admission and funding policies in the region, and on the recent evolution of higher education markets in specific countries. Continuing with her interest in earlier education stages, she is investigating the effects of alternative child care arrangements on child development and parental labor supply. In addition, she has co-led a study on cities and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean and is investigating the productivity gains experienced by young college graduates by studying or working in urban areas. She is currently leading a study on short-cycle higher education programs (lasting two or three years) in the region, which focuses on the supply, demand, and quality of such programs.
Her research has been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Public Economics, and the American Economic Journal-Economic Policy. Prior to joining the World Bank, she served as a faculty member at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.