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About the GRADE

The Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE) is a private, non-profit research centre with no party affiliation. Its mission is to conduct applied research to stimulate and enrich the debate, 
design and implementation of public policies. Since its founding in 1980 in Lima, Peru, GRADE has devoted itself to the study of economic, educational, environmental and social topics, in areas 
relevant to the development of Peru and other Latin American countries. To fully comply with the institutional mission, those who work in GRADE do rigorous academic research, with a high 
degree of objectivity. This ensures that their conclusions about the nature and causes of economic and social processes are substantiated by solid empirical data. GRADE has got 16 senior researchers and approximately 30 junior researchers, a 4 floors building with and auditorium for seminars with academic and policy makers. 

GRADE key staff members

Martin Benavides, PhD in Sociology at Pennsylvania State University, is Executive Director and Senior Researcher at GRADE and Professor of the Department of Social Sciences at The Catholic University of Lima. He has published several papers on education, social stratification and social classes, and youth. He was Fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioural Sciences at Stanford (2007-08) and he is an affiliate of the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality.

Carmen Ponce, BA in Economics, areas of interest are Poverty and Equity; Rural Economy and Development; and Employment and Labour Markets. Her research experience includes the study of the benefits derived from rehabilitation and maintenance of rural roads and the study of the successful experiences on poverty alleviation programs in several Latin American countries, as well as a methodological proposal for constructing poverty maps for geographic targeting. She worked as Project Assistant at the Country Office of the Inter-American Development Bank, monitoring several development programs oriented to strengthen the capacities of households in poverty to generate income. 

Manuel Etesse is Ba in Sociology.


GRADE worked in at least 60 projects per year related to the topic of poverty: fieldwork, pobreza comite, publications.

Relevant references:

Díaz J.J. & Jaramillo M., 2009, «Evaluating Interventions to Reduce Maternal Mortality: Evidence from Peru’s PARSalud Programme», Journal of Development Effectiveness, 1(4). December.

Escobal J., Engle-Warnick J. & Laszlo S., 2009 «How do additional alternatives affect individual choice under uncertainty?» Canadian Journal of Economics: Vol. 42(1), February. GRADE, 2007, Investigación, Políticas y Desarrollo en el Perú.

Karlan D. & Valdivia M., 2010, «Teaching Entrepreneurship: Impact of Business Training on Microfinance Clients and Institutions». Review of Economics and Statistics.

Ruben R., Fort R., & Zuñiga G., 2009, «Measuring the impact of Fair Trade on Development». Development in Practice, 19 (6): 777-788.