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Magdalena Bennett, Senior Research Assistant

bio-photo-bennetMagdalena Bennett conducts quantitative research in diverse topics regarding the economics of education and causal inference methodologies.

Bennett is a doctoral student in economics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. She also holds an MS in social policy (research) from the London School of Economics and a BS in industrial engineering from Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. Her research interests relate to socioeconomic segregation and inequality in the educational system, as well as the development of new adjustment methods to improve causal inference.

Prior to joining CCRC, Bennett was a research assistant for Professor Jose Zubizarreta at Columbia Graduate Business School, working on novel matching methods using integer programming. She has also worked as a research analyst at the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in the evaluation of different randomized controlled trials, and as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank in topics related to teacher performance in the classroom and the link between adolescent pregnancy and school dropout in Latin America.