Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas

Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas

Extended Term Consultant

The World Bank

I am a consultant at the World Bank working on the Poverty Unit for West Africa. I focus on understanding how we can leverage data to target social programs, the impact digital technologies in facilitating financial inclusion and participation in the labor market, and the role public policy plays at reducing poverty and inequality. For this, I combine non-traditional information, such as cellphone detail records and satellite data, with household surveys and census records.

Prior to my career at the World Bank, I received a Ph.D. in Agriculture and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.


  • Development Economics
  • Remote sensing for the evaluation of public programs
  • Financial inclusion
  • Impacts of the GIG economy
  • Urban development


  • Ph.D. in Agriculture and Resource Economics, 2021

    University of California, Davis

  • MA in Economics, 2012

    Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

  • BA in Economics, 2010

    Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia