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Barbara Bruns

Lead Education Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean
Barbara Bruns is lead economist responsible for education in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank. She is currently leading a multi-year research study of teacher quality in Latin America and co-managing several different impact evaluations of teacher “pay for performance” reforms in Brazil. Barbara is co-author of the new book Making Schools Work: New Evidence on Accountability Reforms (with Deon Filmer and Harry Patrinos), which reviews the latest global research evidence in this area. Barbara is also lead author of Achieving World Class Education in Brazil: the Next Agenda (forthcoming, 2011) with David Evans and Javier Luque. As the first manager of the $14 million Spanish Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) at the World Bank from 2007 to 2009, Barbara oversaw the launch of more than 50 rigorous impact evaluations of health, education, and social protection programs. She also co-authored the World Bank/IMF MDG Global Monitoring Reports of 2005, 2006 and 2007 and served on the Education Task force appointed by the UN Secretary General in 2003. In 2003, she co-authored the book A Chance for Every Child: Achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015 and headed the Secretariat of the global Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI) from 2002 to 2004. Prior to joining the World Bank, Barbara was a staff economist on the US Senate Banking Committee and legislative assistant to Senator Adlai Stevenson III. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago.