Curriculum Vitae

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Andreas de Barros is a Postdoctoral Associate at MIT’s Department of Economics, where he works with Teaching at the Right Level (TaRL) Africa and J-PAL South Asia. His research specializes in program evaluation and evidence-based education policy in less-developed countries.

Andy has over 10 years of experience conducting randomized evaluations and primary data collection in less-developed countries. His current projects focus on teaching quality as a key determinant of student learning, and on the potential of educational technology to improve instruction.


  • Economics of Education
  • Development Economics
  • Causal Inference


  • Ph.D. – Harvard University (2020)
  • M.A. – Konstanz University (2010)
  • M.A. – Rutgers University (2010)
  • B.A. – Konstanz University (2008)


Postdoctoral Associate
Jun 2020 – Present 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)


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)