Ana I. Balsa

Ph.D. Boston University














Department of Economics

Facultad de Ciencias Empresariales y Economía

Universidad de Montevideo


Editor, Journal of Health Economics

Member elect of LACEA’s Executive Committee 2024-2028

Co-organizer, Latin American Health Economics Network - LACEA

Co-organizer, Special Interest Group on Risky Health Behaviors, IHEA

Secretary of the Board, Research Institute for Development, Growth and Economics (RIDGE)

Investigator level II - National Investigators System (SNI, Uruguay)




My areas of academic interest include the Economics of Human Capital, Health Economics, and the Economics of Education. I have conducted research on the implications of social interactions on behavior and human capital development – focusing on statistical discrimination, relative deprivation, and peer effects –, and on the economic impact of programs and policies on health, and on cognitive and non-cognitive development. I have analyzed the effects of pregnancy and parenting interventions, anti-tobacco campaigns, drug prevention and treatment programs, nutrition interventions, and education programs.

My projects have been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH, US), the Inter-American Development Bank, the Bernard van Leer Foundation, the Uruguayan National Agency of Research and Innovation (ANII), the Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health (MSP), Rockwool Foundation (Denmark), and the Latin American Development Bank (CAF). I teach Intermediate Microeconomics at the undergraduate level and Health Economics, Economics of Human Capital, and Econometrics of Impact Evaluation at the graduate level.


Last updated: November 2023