Graciela Pérez

Graciela I. Pérez ( was a doctoral candidate studying the Economics of Education at Stanford, where she also earned an M.A. in Economics in 2016. She earned her B.A. in Economics and M.A. in Applied Economics in 2007, from the University of Chile. She is a 2013 Fulbright scholarship recipient.

She uses quasi-experimental and experimental methods to examine programs and policies that are both effective and efficient in promoting educational equity. Her research focuses on economic and social policies, with a particular emphasis on higher education access and outcomes of low-income, high-performing students. Other research further investigates the effectiveness of programs that encourage high-achieving students to pursue teacher programs.

Prior to her doctoral studies, Graciela was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics of the Universidad de Chile where she taught several courses and engaged in research. She co-founded an early-college academic program to promote the representation of talented and low-income students in elite colleges in Chile. Before her time at the Universidad de Chile, she taught mathematics for two years in a low-income technical public high school in Chile.