The AVE-RD project has brought together policy makers from the Dominican Republic’s government and scholars from the top universities in the United States to present different projects based on education. Among the topics discussed are:  Teacher Ability and Teacher Quality,  School Choice and Search Behavior, School Construction and Returns of Education.



Christopher Neilson
Princeton University
Daniel Björkegren
Brown University
Michael Dinerstein
University of Chicago
Claudia Allende
Columbia University
Sebastian Otero
Stanford University
Hernan Barahona
Stanford University
Juan Ariel Jimenez
Deputy Minister of Presidency of Dominican Republic
Héctor Medina
Deputy Director of Prosoli
José Antonio Pellerano
Consultor at Sistema Único de Beneficiarios (SIUBEN)
Catherine Rodríguez
Andes University
Laura Calventi
Director of management portfolio at INICIA
Boanerges Domínguez
Professor of Statistics at INTEC University
Sebastian Gallegos
Princeton University
Giancarlo Marichal
Farmingdale State University
Olivia Bordeu
PUC Chile
Daniel Morales
Florida State University and IDEICE
Jose Luis Flor Toro
Fabiola Alba
Princeton University
Fernanda Ramirez
Harvard University
Gonzalo Oyanedel
Francisco Cabezón
PUC - Chile
Maria Fernanda Sobrino
Princeton University


School Choice in the DR – Claudia Allende

Enriching the information set that parents have at the moment of choosing a school may have relevant, aggregate equilibrium e ffects in terms of enrollment.

Vicepresidency’s Projects – Hector Medina

PROSOLI through the CTC and CCPP aims to promote early childhood education with spaces for children in situations of vulnerability or social risk.

The In-depth Survey – Giancarlo Marichal

Innovations and web-based follow up system for fieldwork in the Dominican Republic.

School Construction and its impact on the education market – Mike Dinnerstein

There  have been many developing countries that have invested in school construction. But most investments came at an earlier stage in the country’s development such that many kids were still not in school and the private sector was small.

Subjective Beliefs and College Application: The role of Information – Francisco Cabezón

College decision is important. Several researchers in the area have shown that many students make this decision uninformed. Is there a cost-effective way to provide information to students?

Predicting School Dropout: A machine learning application – Olivia Bordeu

Random Forest to predict risk factor of dropping out of high school for students in the Dominican Republic, using only administrative data.

What goes in must come out? Teacher ability and Teacher quality – Sebastian Gallegos

This paper explores the role of teachers academic preparedness before entering college as a predictor of later teacher eff ectiveness. We then use this measure to think about how recruiting, developing and retaining aff ects the stock of quality teachers.