Maria Cristhina Llerena Pinto

Research themes
  • Growth, inequality and poverty
  • Economic change and vulnerability
  • Agriculture, land use, climate change
  • Health
Research countries
  • Ecuador

University Central of Ecuador, Ecuador

Tenured Assistant Professor and Head of the statistics and econometric department- 2016 to 2021 (part-time)

Taught a total of 12 undergraduate courses, mainly focused on basic and intermediate econometrics. Have been Second Reader several times.

Catholic University of Ecuador, Ecuador

Assistant Professor - 2012 to 2020 (part-time)

Taught a total of 20 undergraduate courses, mainly focused on advanced econometrics. Supervised 13 BA theses. Have been Second Reader 14 times.

University of Piura, Peru

Visiting Assistant Professor - 2012 to 2017 

Taught a total of 11 undergraduate courses mainly focused on basic, intermediate, and advanced econometrics. 

Polytechnic School of Chimborazo, Ecuador

Visiting Assistant Professor - 2015 

Taught a total of 3 postgraduate courses, mainly focused on advanced econometrics. Advance Econometric

Additional information

Professional experience

Labor demand Consultant - jun/2020 to 2021

World Bank and SENESCYT, Ecuador

Estimate and project labor demand in Ecuador (2021-2025)

Conduct a literature review

Estimate and analyze the results of forecast econometric models


Products and External Services Consultant - nov/2020 to feb/2021

Inter-American Development Bank- IDB, Washington, USA and Ecuador

Analyze the IDB Lab’s Development Effectiveness Approach, including its results framework, the iDelta, and the Corporate Result Framework. Analyze the thematic areas documents

Conduct a literature review about knowledge, innovation, and scaling

Conduct a literature review about projects that involve agricultural technology, projects that seek to improve urban well-being, and their main impacts on society (including benefits for poor and vulnerable populations)

Participate in team meetings and interviews


Chief Economist - Data Scientist - 2012 to 2020

Economica CIC – Quantitative Research Center, Ecuador

Lead, coordinate, and develop research projects and consultancies for the World Bank WB, Inter-American Development Bank IDB, World Food Program WFP, The UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GIZ, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, among others.

Develop and estimate robust economic, econometric, and statistical models to support Public policy and decision-making.

Conduct investigation projects using qualitative and quantitative methods: economics and public finance, poverty, inequality, education, malnutrition, gender violence, and women empowerment

Program and project design, monitoring, and evaluation (impact evaluation

Cost-benefit analysis

Econometric models

Design surveys, data collection tools, and data collection

Conduct data mining, data modeling, statistical and micro econometric analysis (trends, correlations, or causal effects)

Development of methodologies

Interpret and analyze data to identify key metrics and transform raw data into meaningful information

Visualize results

Public Policy recommendations and designs

Proficiency with Microsoft Office and statistical software packages like STATA and SPSS

Interactions with internal and external clients, the media and policy makers

Document findings and prepare reports and documents to policy makers

Research Associate. CEQ Institute.


General Coordinator - 2018

National Institute of Educational Evaluation, Ecuador

Supervise the educational evaluation processes

Lead the largest educational evaluation process in Ecuador “Ser Bachiller”, reaching the best efficiency indicators

Define lines of educational research for the Institute

Analyze educational data to support institute goals

Define public policy


Financial Advisor - 2012

Ministry of Coordination of Economic Policy, Ecuador

Lead and develop robust financial models

Conduct data mining, data modeling, statistical and financial analysis

Evaluate lines of credit and public banking products

Definition of public finance guides

Model and forecast trends of banking indicators


Research Assistant – 2010 to 2011

University Torcuato di Tela, Argentina

Conduct a comprehensive literature review

Assist in the creation of scientific publications and technical reports by providing research support for senior staff

Perform statistical, financial and econometric analyses using Excel, R, or Stata

Research assistant for the study “Globally Distributed Production and the Pricing of CME Commodity Futures”


Research Specialist – 2009

Center for Tobacco Research, Uruguay

Descriptive and multivariate analysis of data

Perform statistical and econometric analyses using Stata

Lead the investigation project “Economic Research of Tobacco”



Master in Econometrics, Academic Excellence Scholarship – 2011

University Torcuato di Tella, Argentina


Master in Finance, Approved with honors – 2019

University of Chile, Chile


Bachelor of Economics and Finance, Academic Excellence Scholarship & Summa Cum Laude – 2007

University San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador 


Cuantitative methods

Funding institutions

Academic Excellence Scholarship

DAAD Scholarship, Germany       - PhD at the Center for Development Research ZEF

SENESCYT Scholarship, Ecuador - Master in Econometrics

USFQ Scholarship, Ecuador          - Bachelor of Economics and Finance



Research affiliation

Research Associate

Commitment to Equity (CEQ) Institute CEQ - Tulane University 

Thesis title

Climate Change Impact on poverty, inequality, and food security in Latin American countries, considering an analysis with a gender focus

Doctoral research funded by

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD

PhD at the Center for Development Research ZEF

Supervisors of
doctoral work

Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim

Advisor at ZEF

Prof. Alisher Mirzabaev

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