Daniel E. Ortega is director of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF, Development Bank of Latin America and associate professor at IESA Business School in Caracas.
His research has broadly been in the area of microeconomics of development, with a recent focus on social experimentation and impact evaluation of anti-crime interventions in Latin America, such as police training programs in Colombia and Argentina as well as two hotspots patrol experimental evaluations in Caracas and Medellin. He is coordinator of CAF’s research program on citizen security and has recently led several experiments with tax authorities to evaluate strategies for increasing tax compliance. An overarching theme in his agenda is the use of impact evaluation as a tool for public management, which can help build stronger institutions that are capable of using their policy experience to leave a knowledge footprint benefiting the quality of public policy. His research has been published in several peer reviewed scholarly journals. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.