Mariela is a Programme Specialist and a member of the Technical Cooperation team. As an education economist, she focuses on providing technical advice, carrying out analysis on costs and financing of education, management of educational services, monitoring and evaluation, and skills development.
Before joining the Institute in 2015, Mariela worked for several international organizations, conducting research and providing technical advice on education policies and youth employment interventions in various countries. Through her work with ECLAC, she provided expertise on education and employment policies to countries in Latin America.
As a Youth Employment Specialist at the International Labour Office in Geneva, Mariela led the development of global databases on youth employment interventions, advised countries on strategies for school to work transition, and on monitoring and evaluation of youth employment national plans and programmes.
She also worked as a researcher with the Education For All Global Monitoring Report at UNESCO, analysing governance, management and financing of education, skills development programmes, and child labour. Mariela started her career in education as a planner in the National Administration of Public Education of Uruguay.
- Ph.D., Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University
- Master of Arts, Economics, Georgetown University
- Master of Public Policy, Georgetown University
- Licenciada, Economics, Universidad de la República – Uruguay
- University Analyst in Economics, Universidad de la República – Uruguay
- 2014. Economic growth, inclusion and social gaps in Latin America and the Caribbean. With Pablo Yanes Rizo. In "Instability and inequality: The vulnerability of growth in Latin America and the Caribbean", Fuentes, J.A (ed.), ECLAC (original in Spanish).
- 2013. Labor markets, intraregional migration and social protection in Central America and the Dominican Republic. ECLAC, Studies and Perspectives Series No. 148, (original in Spanish).
- 2011. The impact of child labor on schooling outcomes in Nicaragua. Economics of Education Review, Vol. 30 (6), pp.1527-1539.
- 2010. Conceptual framework on the linkages between child labour and youth employment. ILO Youth Employment Programme, Geneva.
- 2010. Youth employment in the global economic downturn: Skills development as anti-crisis measure. YEP/ILO, Geneva.
- 2007. A dynamic analysis of the effects of child labor on educational attainments in Nicaragua. The George Washington University.
- 2001. What have we learned after three years of reform in Uruguay’s Middle Education? Georgetown University.
- 1999. The Distributive Impact of ANEP’s Expenditure. With Coelho, S. and Llambí, C. National Administration of Public Education, Uruguay (original in Spanish).
- 1998. ANEP’s Investment in Education. National Administration of Public Education, Uruguay (original in Spanish).
- 1997. Processes of labor market integration and occupational mobility of Uruguayan youth. Universidad de la República, Uruguay (original in Spanish).
Co-author of the following Education For All Global Monitoring Reports:
- UNESCO. 2010. Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2010: Reaching the Marginalized. UNESCO and Oxford University Press.
- UNESCO. 2009. Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2009: Overcoming Inequality- Why Governance Matters. UNESCO and Oxford University Press.
- UNESCO. 2008. EFA Global Monitoring Report 2008. Education For All by 2015: Will We Make It? UNESCO and Oxford University Press.
Main author of the following EFA-GMR regional reports:
- UNESCO. 2009. Regional Overview: Arab States. UNESCO.
- UNESCO. 2008. Regional Overview: Arab States. UNESCO.
- UNESCO. 2008. Regional Overview: Latin America and the Caribbean. UNESCO.