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Karla Hernández

University of Wisconsin - Madison, PhD Candidate in Economics (Exp. 2025)
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, MSc. Specialized Economic Analysis
University of Costa Rica, Licenciatura in Economics, with Honors and Distinctions
University of Costa Rica, BSc. Economics


  • “Climate change’s impact on real estate prices in Chile”, with Carlos Madeira and Roberto Luna. PLOS Sustainability and Transformation, 2022. Forthcoming

  • “The impact of climate change on economic output across industries in Chile”, with Carlos Madeira. PLOS One, 2022.

  • “Association Between Assistance With Medicaid Enrollment and Use of Health Care After
    Incarceration Among Adults With a History of Substance Use”, with Marguerite Burns, Steve Cook, et al. JAMA Network Open, 2022, vol. 5.


  • “The Cost-Effectiveness of Air Pollution Information Provision Programs”, with Bridget Hoffmann, Cristóbal Ruiz-Tagle and Alejandra Schueftan. Inter-American Development Bank, Technical Note No. IDB-TN-2236, 2021.

  • “Evidencias del Impacto de la Factura Electrónica de Impuestos en América Latina”, with
    Juan Robalino. In Electronic Invoicing in Latin America, edited by Alberto Barreix and Raul
    Zambrano. Inter-American Development Bank, 2017.

  • “How does Avancemos work? Best practices on the implementation of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean”. Inter-American Development Bank, 2016.

  • “Impact evaluation of the conditional cash transfer program for secondary school in Costa Rica (Avancemos)”, with Catherine Mata. Revista de Ciencias Económicas, 2015 vol. 33, no. 1.


2020-21  Institute for Research on Poverty - UW-Madison, Research Assistant
2017-19  Inter-American Development Bank - Research Department, Research Fellow
2016-17  Inter-American Development Bank - Fiscal Sector, Research Assistant
2015-16  Innovations for Poverty Action, Research Associate
2012-13  Economics Research Institute - University of Costa Rica, Research Assistant
2011-12  Center of Economic and Environmental Studies, Research Assistant

Head TA - Econ 101: Introduction to Microeconomics (Fall 2022, Spring 2023)

Teaching Assistant - Econ 301: Intermediate Microeconomics (Spring 2022, Fall 2022)

Teaching Assistant - Econ 101: Introduction to Microeconomics (Fall 2019, Spring 2020)

2023       JPGI Outstanding TA Award, UW-Madison

2022       JPGI Summer Fellowship, UW-Madison
2021       Summer Fellowship, Central Bank of Chile
2020-22  Graduate Research Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty - UW-Madison
2017-19  Research Fellowship Program, Inter-American Development Bank
2012-14  Excellence Scholarship - University of Costa Rica


Languages: Spanish (native), English (fluent)
Computing: Stata, R, Julia, Matlab, ArcGIS

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