Tatiana Velasco conducts quantitative research that aims to understand how youth make choices on higher education investments and how those choices affect college performance and labor market outcomes. Prior to joining CCRC, Velasco worked as a research assistant at the Center for Studies in Economic Development (CEDE) at the School of Economics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. At CEDE, Velasco actively participated in several impact evaluations of financial aid programs for higher education in Colombia, on the development of integrated information systems that track students’ trajectories in higher education, and on research on the effects of information and communications technology interventions on students’ outcomes in public schools in Colombia.
Prior to working at CEDE, Velasco worked as a research assistant at the School of Government at Universidad de los Andes, where she also served as a teaching assistant for several impact evaluation methods courses.
Velasco holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in economics from Universidad de los Andes. Velasco is currently a PhD student in the economics and education program at Teachers College, Columbia University.