Sandra Polanía-Reyes

Sandra Polanía-Reyes

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Ph.D. Economics, University College London, UK; Ph.D. Economics, University of Siena, IT

Sandra Polanía-Reyes a Postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Economics and the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame. Sandra is also a Research Associate with Corpovisionarios, a Colombian think tank on social innovation.

Sandra is a development economist working at the intersection of experimental and behavioral economics and prosocial behavior. Her research agenda comprises design and evaluation of effective behavioral policy interventions in developing countries. In particular, interventions that take advantage of individual preferences and community features that look for the common good and overcome collective action problems such as social dilemmas and coordination failures.

Her past research includes impact evaluation of interventions that alleviate poverty. Additionally, Sandra has explored applications of experimental economics in the field, economic decision making by low-income populations that enhances efficiency of social interventions and economic development.

Although her ten years of experience in conducting and analyzing large-scale economic experiments in the field reflect a strong empirical background, Sandra’s work aims to provide sound theoretical foundations to policy design.


More on Sandra Polanía-Reyes on her personal webpage and Google Scholar profile.


Areas of Interest

  • Experimental Economics
  • Development
  • Applied Microeconomics