Jaime Meza-Cordero

Visiting Assistant Professor
Economics

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Education

Ph.D., Development Economics,
University of Southern California, 2014

M.A., Economics,
University of Southern California, 2009

B.A., Economics,
University of Costa Rica, 2007

Contact

Duke Hall
202
P: 909.748.8528
E: jaime_meza-cordero@redlands.edu

Meet Professor Meza-Cordero

Dr. Jaime Meza-Cordero is an economist with over 12 years of experience in applied microeconomics research in the fields of health, labor, education, and international development. He has taught classes of principles of economics, introduction to microeconomics, introduction to macroeconomics, intermediate microeconomics, development economics, and health economics. His main areas of research expertise include: evaluation design, survey instruments design, implementation strategies, project management, data collection and analysis, report elaboration, technical assistance support, and capacity building. Dr. Meza-Cordero is highly trained in the application of statistical and econometric methods to conduct experimental, quasi-experimental, and mixed method evaluations of public policy programs. His research has been published in leading journals such as the Journal of International Development. Dr. Meza-Cordero’s active involvement in fieldwork has allowed him to develop innovative and cost-effective research strategies that emphasize stakeholder’s collaboration, incentive compatibility, and capacity building. In recent years, he has worked in projects with the Inter-American Development Bank, Millennium Challenge Corporation, UNICEF, United States Department of Labor, and nonprofit organizations.

Courses Taught

ECON 101: Principles of Economics

ECON 221: Development Economics

ECON 260: Health Economics

 

Experience

2019 - Present: Visiting Assistant Professor 
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA

2014 - 2019: Senior Research Economist  
IMPAQ International LLC, Oakland, CA & Washington, DC

2013: Consultant 
Inter-American Development Bank, San Jose, Costa Rica

2008 - 2013: Teaching Assistant 
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2008: Research Assistant 
Economic Sciences Research Institute at University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

2007: Research Assistant 
Estado de la Nacion Research Institute, San Jose, Costa Rica

2006- 2007: Teaching Assistant 
University of Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica

Publications and Selected Reports

Publications 

Meza-Cordero, J. (2017). “Play to Learn and Learn to Play: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Journal of International Development, Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 3-31.

Meza-Cordero, J., Kugler, M., Gulemetova, M., Salas-Ocampo, D., Rodríguez-Barrantes, C., CamposBarrantes, V. (2015). “Informe Final de Evaluación del Programa de Transferencia Monetaria Condicionada Avancemos.” United Nations Evaluation Group. Database of Evaluation Reports.
Available from: http://www.unicef.org/evaldatabase/files/Informe_Final_Evaluacion_AVANCEMOS_CostaRica_2015-001.pdf

Zhang, Y., Lochocki, L., Meza-Cordero, J. (2015). “Final Evaluation Report of the Child Labor Eliminations Actions for Real Change (CLEAR) program Malawi.” Available from: http://www.impaqint.com/sites/default/files/files/CLEAR_FinalEvaluationReport_IMPAQ_toECLT%5B1%5D.pdf

Meza-Cordero, J. (2014). “Essays on Education Programs in Costa Rica.” University of Southern California Dissertation and Theses.
Available from: http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/cdm/ref/collection/p15799coll3/id/414880

Arias-Ramírez, R., Oviedo-Carballo, L., Meza-Cordero, J., Villalobos-Álvarez, M., Villalta-Mena, Y., BartelsVillanueva, J. (2009). “Analisis y Plan de Accion para el Desarrollo Regional Endogeno del Gran Puntarenas.” Instituto de Investigaciones en Ciencias Economicas, Universidad de Costa Rica, Informes. Available from: http://www.iice.ucr.ac.cr/GP.informe%20final.rev..pdf

Working Papers

Meza-Cordero, J. & Gulemetova, M. “Causal Inference from Conditional Cash in Secondary Schooling: Evidence from the Evaluation of the Avancemos Program in Costa Rica”.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Associations between Cognition, Health, and Economic Outcomes.”

Meza-Cordero, J. “Technology and Aspiration Choices: Five-Year Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.”

Meza-Cordero, J. “Conditional Cash Transfers and Child Labor: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Costa Rica.”

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Effects from Access to Finance on Working Children: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Malawi.”

Meza-Cordero, J. “Livelihood Interventions and the Determination of Well-Being.”

Awards, Honors, Grants

Summer Research Fellowship, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, 2011.

Graduate Merit Fellowship and Teaching Assistantship, Department of Economics, University of Southern California, 2008-2014.

Organization of American States Academic Scholarship, 2008. – Declined

University of Costa Rica Honor Scholarship, 2007.

Invited Presentations

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Impact of One Laptop per Child Projects.” Presented at the Yamaguchi-Takada Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Tokyo, Japan. July 2012.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Formation of Technologically Skilled Human Capital: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the Development Economics Seminar, University of Southern California. Los Angeles, CA. April 2013.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Formation of Technologically Skilled Human Capital: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the Social Mobility Through Education and Technology Conference, Universidad Latina. San Jose, Costa Rica. May 2013.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Formation of Technologically Skilled Human Capital: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the Econometric Society North American Summer Meeting. Los Angeles, CA. June 2013.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Formation of Technologically Skilled Human Capital: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the 88th Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference. Seattle, WA. July 2013.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Formation of Technologically Skilled Human Capital: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the Economics Association Presentation Series, Universidad de Costa Rica. San Jose, Costa Rica. August 2013.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Formation of Technologically Skilled Human Capital: Evaluation of the One Laptop per Child Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department. Washington, DC. September 2013.

Meza-Cordero, J. “The Effects of Early Life Health on Education and Economic Outcomes in Adulthood.” Presented at the 90th Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference. Honolulu, HI. June 2015.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Play to Learn and Learn to Play.” Presented at the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) Human Capital and Growth Conference. Helsinki, Finland. June 2016.

Meza-Cordero, J. & Gulemetova, M. “Impact Unpacked: What worked? What didn’t work?” Presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Evaluation + Design Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2016.

Meza-Cordero, J., Gulemetova, M., Gupta, S., Zhang, Y., & Kugler, M. “Closing the Child Labor and Forced Labor Evidence Gaps: Five RCT Impact Evaluations.” Presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Evaluation + Design Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2016.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Evaluation of the Avancemos CCT Program.” Presented at the 92nd Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference. San Diego, CA. June 2017.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Impact Evaluation of the NNAT Program in Costa Rica: Using Mobile Technology to Track Program Participants.” Presented at the United States Department of Labor Grantee Workshop. Washington, DC. August, 2017.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Final Evaluation of the Realizing Livelihoods Improvement through Savings and Education (REALISE) Project.” Presented at the Uganda National Steering Committee on Child Labor Semiannual Meeting. Kampala, Uganda. August, 2017.

Meza-Cordero, J., Gupta, S., Zhang, Y., & Simonetta, J. “ Evaluating Child Labor Interventions in Challenging Environments.” Presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) From Learning to Action Conference. Washington, DC. November, 2017.

Meza-Cordero, J., “ Interventions to Mitigate Child Labor: Evidence from Randomized Controlled Trials in Costa Rica, Ecuador and India.” Poster presentation at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Speaking Truth to Power Conference. Cleveland, OH. November, 2018.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Randomized Controlled Trial of the NNAT Program in Costa Rica.” Presented at the 15th Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference. Tokyo, Japan. March 2019.

Meza-Cordero, J. “Impact Evaluation of VSLA Program: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial in Malawi.” Presented at the 94th Western Economic Association International (WEAI) Annual Conference. San Francisco, CA. July 2019.

Affiliations

American Economic Association (AEA)

Western Economic Association International (WEAI)

American Evaluation Association (AEA)