• 2016 to date – Doctor of Health Policy Candidate, University of California at Berkeley.
  • 2012 – Master of Science in Health Economics, National Institute of Public Health.
  • 2005 – Industrial and Systems Engineer, Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Academic appointments:

  • Consultant for the World Bank (2018 to date)
  • Member of the Research Committee of the Health Research Consortium (CISIDAT).

Research interests:

  • Global Health, Education
  • Econometrics, Causal Inference, Machine Learning

Featured projects:

  • Co-investigator:
    • Educate / Skills for Effective Entrepreneurial Development in Uganda.
    • Economic evaluation of the effectiveness of the Units of Medical Specialties for Chronic Diseases (UNEMES-EC).
  • Analyst:
    • Jamaica Early Childhood Intervention 30 years follow-up.
    • African Health Markets for Equity impact evaluation.


  • Chioda L, Contreras-Loya D, Gerler P, Carney D. Making Entrepreneurs: Returns to Training Youth in Hard Versus Soft Business Skills. NBER working paper, 2021.
  • Contreras-Loya D, Gertler P, Kwan A. Managerial Practices and Altruismin Health Care Delivery. NBER working paper, 2021.
  • Sosa-Rubí SG, Bautista-Arredondo S, Chivardi-Moreno C, Contreras-Loya D, La Hera-Fuentes G, Opuni M. Efficiency, quality, and management practices in health facilities providing outpatient HIV services in Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia. Health Care Management Science 2021, 1-14.
  • Colchero MA, Contreras-Loya D, López-Gatell H, González de Cosio T. The costs of inadequate breastfeeding of infants in Mexico. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015, 101(3), 579-586.