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Ramiro Guerrero is a PhD student in the Department of Global Health & Social Medicine. He graduated as an economist from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia in 1997, and has a master's degree in Environmental Economics (University of Maryland at College Park) and master's in Economic Policy (Université d'Auvergne, France).

He worked in Colombia as a research associate at Fedesarrollo (a leading economic policy Think Tank) and an Economics Editor at Semana. Between 2004 and 2007, he served as Deputy Minister of Social Protection in Colombia, in charge of health system financing, information systems and planning. In 2007, he joined the Harvard Initiative for Global Health as a research fellow, working on health metrics and health system performance evaluation. In 2010, he assumed the role of founding Director of the Research Center for Social Protection and Health Economics (PROESA) at the Universidad Icesi in Colombia.

In 2016, Ramiro started the MPhil/PhD programme in Social Science and Medicine. His doctoral research focuses on the health and welfare effects of parental leave and pension policies.


Thesis title: 'The effect of maternity leave policies on the human capital of women in developing countries'

Ramiro's research interests include the design and evaluation of health and social protection policies, considering the interaction of demography, health and economics. His other research interests include health policy in general and, within it, pharmaceutical policy, priority setting and payment mechanisms for health plans.

PhD supervision

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