Dr. Omar Rodriguez Torres

Research group(s):
7. Social Protection
4. Governance and institutions
5. Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainability Transitions

Educational Background

MSc Political Economy and Economic Analysis, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Colombia. 2007
BA Economics, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Colombia. 2003

Working experience

Secretaría Distrital de Planeación 2021 - currently. Director - Urban Economics Division

Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo - 2020. Advisor - Productivity and Competitiveness Division

Corpovisionarios 2018 - 2020. Research Director. Research Division.

Departamento Nacional de Planeación. 2007-2010. Advisor - Employment and Social Security Division. Policies designed: Income Generation Policy (2009), Guidelines for Strengthening the Human Capital Formation System (2010)
MAZDA - Compañía Colombiana Automotriz. 2006-2007. Sectoral studies, economic analysis and econometric forecasts.
Universidad Nacional de Colombia (2004-2006). Research assistant, project Socio-Economic Development of Colombia, 1945-2005

Research interests

Topics: Entrepreneurship, labour markets, development economics, impact evaluation.
Policies: Entrepreneurship; employment; and poverty reduction.

Currently, I am studying the impact of policies targeted at the poor. Particularly, I am interested in the impact that entrepreneurship policies have on this particular population. Specially, when they are a part of a more complete, overarching poverty reduction strategy, for instance, alongside social protection interventions. For the analysis at hand, econometric techniques such as marginal treatment effects and binary dependent variable will be used.

Selected publications by Omar Rodriguez