Camila Cortes earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Pontificia University Javeriana in Bogotá and obtained her master’s degree in Economics at the University of Los Andes, also in Bogotá. Her M.A. thesis studied the effects of water contamination on the cognitive development of Colombian children.

She has served as a consultant for the Middle East and North African Poverty division of the World Bank, where she studied the distributional implications of climate change in Egypt, as well as spatial disparities in Egypt’s labor market. She has also been a Research Fellow for the Migration Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank. Her work broadly explored and measured inequalities for Latin American and Caribbean migrants using multiple surveys and spatial data. She has coauthored an IDB Discussion Paper and has several others in press with the World Bank.

During her studies in the Population, Health and Place doctoral program, Camila plans to incorporate sociology and spatial science in order to study the impact of climate change on health and spatial inequality among the poor and vulnerable.


Masters in Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia
Bachelor in Economics, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia


“The Profiles of Immigrants in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Focus on Economic Integration”
(with Juan S. Blyde, Fernando Morales and Martha Denisse Pierola), IDB Discussion Paper
No.787, 2020.

“The Implications of COVID-19 on the Labor Market Outcomes of Main Income Earners in Egypt”
(with Maria Eugenia Genoni, Imane Helmy and Frederic Aubery.), Forthcoming at the World Bank