Javier Romero is an economist in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice and the Latin America and the Caribbean Gender Innovation Lab (LACGIL). His work focuses on economic development, health, labor, and gender, where he uses experimental and quasi-experimental methods to guide policy making. At the world bank, Javier has contributed to the country programs of Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama, and Peru. Before joining the Bank, Javier worked at the Research Center of Universidad de Piura, Peru, the Central Bank of Peru, and co-founded a non-profit organization that works in sustainable development projects in the Amazon forest. Javier holds a PhD and MA in economics from Duke University and a BA and Licenciatura in economics from Universidad de Piura.