Is an associate professor and director of the Center for Economic Development Studies (CEDE) at the Faculty of Economics of Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University and undergraduate and master’s degrees from Universidad de los Andes. She worked as an assistant professor at Northwestern University in Chicago, USA between 2003 and 2007.
Her projects include the estimation of structural models of employment decisions of women and the effects of these decisions on the cognitive ability of their children, and the estimation of the effects of the quality of child care and time given by parents on children’s development. Bernal is coauthor of the book “Practical Guide to Impact Assessment” that has already been printed in its third edition and is used to teach impact assessment in several Latin American countries.
She has managed and advised several impact evaluations for programs of early childhood in Colombia and other countries in the region. Furthermore she assists in counseling impact evaluations and the design of early childhood programs with the Inter-American Development Bank and the CAF. In these projects she has valued more than 30,000 children and has worked together with the government in the design and innovation of early childhood policies in the country.