Patrick McEwan

Professor of Economics at Wellesley College

Patrick McEwan is the Luella LaMer Slaner Professor in Latin American Studies and Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. His long career at Wellesley spurred his interest in the causes and consequences of women's participation in mathematically-intensive fields like Economics and STEM. His primary research agenda is on education and social policy in Latin America. He is especially interested in identifying and explaining the causal impact of policies on the schooling, health, and economic outcomes of children and their families. In past research, for example, he has explored the impact of conditional cash transfers and rural school reform in Honduras, of youth orchestras in Venezuela, and of private school vouchers and free school meals in Chile. His work has received financial support from the the Inter-American Development Bank, the RAND Corporation, the Spencer Foundation, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. It has been published in several books and many journals, including the American Economic Review, the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, the Journal of Human Resources, and the Journal of Public Economics.