Andreas de Barros is an Assistant Professor at UCI’s School of Education and, by courtesy, the Department of Economics. Andy’s research specializes in program evaluation and evidence-based education policy in less-developed countries. Before joining the University of California, Irvine, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s Department of Economics, where he worked with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL).

  • Economics of Education
  • Development Economics
  • Causal Inference
  • Ph.D. in Education, 2020

    Harvard University

  • M.A. in Public Administration, 2010

    University of Konstanz

  • M.A. in Political Science, 2010

    Rutgers University

  • B.A. in Political and Administrative Science, 2008

    University of Konstanz


Chair, Educational Effectiveness in Global Contexts section
USAID Evidence Consortium
Invited Member
Invited Researcher
Co-chair, Education in Developing Countries Community Group


Horowitz Foundation
Martinus Nijhoff Award
For most outstanding research project in science, technology, and medicine
Harvard University
Presidential Scholarship & Ph.D. Scholarship
University of Konstanz
Best Master’s degree in Political Science
Obtained with the highest distinction “excellent”
Studienstiftung Fellowship
Scholarship, full membership, and Carlo Schmid Fellowship

Research Funding

Global Development Incubator
The Agency Fund
US$271,104 (co-investigator)
Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative
US$55,710 (single investigator)
Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)
US$92,632 (co-investigator)
Development Innovation Ventures (DIV)
US$301,090 (single investigator)
Post-Primary Education (PPE) Initiative
US$49,925 (single investigator)
Omidyar Network
Research Grant
US$256,000 (co-investigator)
Harvard University
Eric M. Mindich Research Fund
US$4,820 (single investigator)
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Dean’s Venture Fund
US$2,300 (co-investigator)


EDUC 265
Applied Regression Analysis
Apply regression analysis to investigate causal relationships
EDUC 157
Educational Research and Evaluation
Combine research design and program evaluation methods to measure the effects of educational programs


Postdoctoral Associate
Jun 2020 – Jun 2023 US

Other positions:

  • Research Transparency Graduate Fellow (US, Jul 2017 – Jun 2018)
  • Pre-doctoral Fellow (India, Jul 2017 – Jun 2018)
  • Research Analyst (Chile, Aug 2011 – Jan 2013)
The World Bank
Short-term Consultant
May 2016 – Sep 2017 US
Innovations for Poverty Action
Research Manager
Jul 2013 – Aug 2014 US
Assistant Programme Specialist
Apr 2011 – Jul 2011 France

Other positions:

  • Author (Aug 2011 – Dec 2011)
  • Carlo Schmid Fellow (Oct 2010 – Apr 2011)