Fernando Hoces de la Guardia
Fernando Hoces de la Guardia is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Prior to coming to RAND, Hoces de la Guardia worked as an adviser at the Chilean Ministry of Finance, where he worked on policies regarding education, tax reform and poverty measurement. His research has focused on the impact evaluation of social programs including the anti-poverty program Chile Solidario and the Chilean financial aid system for post-secondary education using non-experimental methods to assess causality of programs. He completed an M.A. in economics at the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with honors from his undergraduate studies in economics at the Universidad de Chile. His research interests include the use of Bayesian statistics and causal inference to evaluate social interventions. He is particularly interested in exploring the effects of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) on education and job market performance.