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Marta Rubio Codina

Marta Rubio Codina

International Research Fellow


PhD Economics, "Conditional Cash Transfers and Human and Physical Capital Accumulation in Rural Mexico - An Empirical Analysis", University of Toulouse I, 2006
Diplome Europeen d'Economie Quantitative Approfondie (DEEQA), University of Toulouse I, 2002
Diplome d'Etudes Approfondies (DEA) Mathematical Economics and Econometrics, University of Toulouse I, 2001
BA Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, 2000

Marta is an International Research Fellow of IFS, working at the Centre for Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo) at the IFS. She works at the Inter-American Development Bank.

She previously worked at the Centre as an ESRC Post-Doctoral Fellow. From 2009-2011, she held a Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship. Marta's research interests are in human capital investment decisions in developing countries, and in particular in early childhood development (ECD), education, and intra-household resource allocation. She is very interested in understanding the determinants of ECD and identifying programs that promote it. Marta's current research includes the design, implementation and evaluation of child psycho-social stimulation and nutritional supplementation programs targeted to very young children and their mothers in Colombia and India. She is also working on the identification of tools that allow measuring ECD outcomes amongst very young children in a cost-efficient manner, and are hence suitable for large scale evaluations. Marta has extensive experience in the evaluation of social and educational government programs in Latin America, including the Mexican Conditional Cash Transfer program.

Academic outputs

Journal article
Poor early childhood development in low- and middle-income countries is a major public health problem. Efficacy trials have shown the potential of early childhood development interventions but scaling up is costly and challenging. Guidance on effective interventions’ delivery is needed. In an ...
IFS Working Paper W20/3
We examine the channels through which a randomized early childhood intervention in Colombia led to significant gains in cognitive and socio-emotional skills among a sample of disavantaged children aged 12 to 24 months at baseline.


This presentation was delivered upon invitation at a workshop hosted by the World Bank Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund. The workshop, which took place in Washington, D.C., was entitled, "Early childhood development and nutrition measurement".
Marta Rubio Codina delivered this presentation on 13 November 2014, as an invited speaker at the IV International Symposium on Early Childhood Development, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil.