Economist at the World Bank Poverty Global Practice Division
Maria Cecilia Acevedo is an Economist at the World Bank Poverty Global Practice Division. She holds a PhD in Public Policy and an MPA in International Development from Harvard University; and a Master's degree in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia, where she was a professor prior to coming to Harvard. At Universidad de los Andes she was also Research Director of the Center for Strategy and Competitiveness, where she helped launched competitiveness initiatives at the national and regional levels. She has published a book on industrial development policy and academic articles on regional economic development. At Harvard, she was a 2009 recipient of the Norberg-Bohm Fellowship, awarded by the Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and 2012 recipient of the Samuel P. Huntington Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. She is interested in investigating causal mechanisms of the effect of climate variables on civil conflict outcomes. She also seeks to understand household adaptation to climate change and labor market impacts of extreme weather events in developing countries.