Monica Yanez-Pagans is a Senior Economist in the Latin America & Caribbean Unit of the Education Global Practice (GP) at the World Bank. She works in the provision of technical assistance to governments related to the design of dissemination strategies for large-scale student assessments to promote improved education outcomes, strategies to strengthening school management, strategies to improve education public spending and financing and policies to evaluate education policy, among others. Before joining the Education GP, she worked as an Economist in the South Asia & Middle East and North Africa (2013-2017), East African & the Horn (2012-2013), and Global Anchor Units of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, she worked as an Associate Economic Affairs Officer at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (2007), in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2006-2011), and in the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank (2003-2005). She holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Universidad Catolica Boliviana, a Master in Banking and Finance from Universidad Pompeu Fabra, and a Master in Statistics and PhD in Applied Economics from the University at Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.