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Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta

Senior Economist
Maria Laura Sanchez Puerta is a senior economist in the Social Protection and Labor Global Practice at the World Bank Group, where she specializes on the intersection of labor and development economics. Her research includes cognitive and non-cognitive skills and labor outcomes; design, implementation, and evaluation of active labor market programs; income mobility in Latin America; informality and labor market segmentation; and the effects of globalization on working conditions. Maria Laura has supported analytical and operational work in Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, El Salvador, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Tunisia. She co-edited the book "Globalization, Wages, and the Quality of Jobs." She holds a PhD in Economics from Cornell University.