Associate Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Felipe Barrera-Osorio is an Associate Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations.
The main objective of Barrera-Osorio's research is to study the effects of educational policies in developing countries. This agenda intersects development economics and the economics of education. He is part of a new generation of development economists who aim to test the effects of different school- and system-wide education policies. The premise of this evidence-based agenda is to formulate clear hypotheses about why a policy may work, create an intervention that can test the idea, measure and evaluate the impacts of the intervention, and, if successful, scale up the intervention.
- Barrera-Osorio, F., Fasih, T., & Patrinos, H. (2009). Decentralized Decision-Making in Schools: The Theory and Evidence on School-Based Management, The World Bank, Washington DC
- Patrinos, H., Barrera-Osorio, F., & Guaqueta, J. (2009) The Role and Impact of Public-Private Partnerships in Education. The World Bank, Washington DC.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
- Barrera-Osorio (2018) CER Moderated Discussion on World Development Report 2018: Realizing the Promise of Education for Development; (other contributors: M. Ginsburg, D. Archer, L. Lake, S. Vally, N. Wachter, and J. Ulrick) Comparative Education Review, Vol. 62, No. 2, 274-293
- Barrera-Osorio, F & A. Camacho (2016). Go to school: the contribution of the educational institutions in CAF (Eds) More skills for work and life in Latin America, Economy and Development Report, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF)
- Barrera-Osorio, F. & Patrinos, H. (2009) An International Perspective on School Vouchers in M. Berends, M. G. Springer, D. Ballou, and H. J. Walberg (Eds) Handbook of Research on School Choice. Routledge Press, New York
Peer-reviewed journal articles
- Barrera-Osorio, F., Blakeslee, D. Linden, L., Hoover, M., Raju, D. & Ryan, S. (2020) Leveraging the Private Sector to Improve Primary School Enrolment: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Pakistan, NBER Working Paper No. w23870. Accepted, Review of Economics and Statistics
- Barrera-Osorio, F., Gonzalez, K., Lagos, F., & Deming, D. (2020) Effects, Timing and Heterogeneity of the Provision of Information in Education: An Experimental Evaluation in Colombia. Journal of Public Economics, 186.
- Ganimian, A. F. Barrera-Osorio, M. L. Biehl, M. Cortelezzi, D. Valencia (2020). Hard Cash and Soft Skills: Experimental Evidence on Combining Scholarships and Mentoring in Argentina. Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, 13(2), 380-400
- Barrera-Osorio, F., de Barros, A., Dryden-Peterson, S., Mulimbi, B., Nakajima, N., & Uccelli, P. (2020) Levers for Learning: The relation between school-level factors and literacy outcomes in low-income schools in Colombia. Comparative Education Review, 64(2)
- Barrera-Osorio, F., Linden, L., & Saavedra, J. (2019). Long Term Educational Consequences of Alternative Conditional Cash Transfer Designs: Experimental Evidence from Colombia. American Economic Journal, Applied Economics 11(3), 54-91
- Barrera-Osorio, F. & H. Bayona-Rodriguez (2019) Signaling or better human capital, the causal effect of prestigious university attendance on educational trajectory and labor market: evidence from Colombia. Economics of Education Review 70, 20-34
- Barrera-Osorio, F., de Galbert, P., Habyarimana, J., & Sabarwal, S. (2018). Impact of Public-Private Partnerships on Private School Performance. Policy Research Working Paper 7905, World Bank. Forthcoming, Economic Development and Cultural Change
- Barrera-Osorio, F., S. Garcia, C. Rodriguez, F. Sanchez & M. Arbelaez (2018). Concentrating efforts on low-performing schools: impact estimates from a quasi-experimental design. Economics of Education Review 66, 73-91
- Barrera-Osorio, F., & Raju, D. (2017). Teacher performance pay: Experimental evidence from Pakistan. Journal of Public Economics, 148, 75-91
- Barrera-Osorio, F. & Filmer, D (2016) Incentivizing schooling for learning: Evidence on the impact of alternative targeting approaches. Journal of Human Resources, 51(2), 461-49
- Barrera-Osorio, F., & Ganimian, A. J. (2016). The barking dog that bites: Test score volatility and school rankings in Punjab, Pakistan. International Journal of Educational Development, 49, 31-54