David Bravo


Director, Center of Surveys and Longitudinal Studies, Universidad Católica de Chile

Director of the UC Center of Surveys and Longitudinal Studies of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Catholic University of Chile. Director of Chile Inclusivo, a public-private-academic initiative aimed at reducing poverty, inequality and increasing social inclusion in Chile. Between 2000 and 2013 he was the founder and director of the Microdata Center of the Economics Department of the University of Chile.  Professional with more than 20 years of experience in empirical studies (surveys, investigations, evaluations and publications) in the areas of early childhood, education, work and social security, among others. During this time, it has promoted through teaching and research the production of better data (both via surveys and through administrative records) and the design of relevant impact evaluations for public policies in Chile. 

He has been principal investigator and director of numerous complex and large-scale surveys such as the CASEN surveys (2002, 2004, 2006, 2011, 2013 and 2017) and the occupation and unemployment surveys of the University of Chile (between 1999 and 2013). He has been the promoter, principal investigator and director of the first longitudinal surveys in Chile: the Social Protection Surveys (2002, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2016); Longitudinal Surveys of Early Childhood (2010, 2012 and 2017) and Teaching Longitudinal Surveys (2005 and 2009). Within each of these projects he actively participated in the analysis and decisions on the questionnaires applied, the sample designs and the implementation of the fieldwork. During 2013 he was a member of the External Review Commission of the 2012 Census. 

He is currently an affiliated researcher at the University of Chicago (Center for the Economics of Human Development) and the University of Pennsylvania (Population Studies Center). In 2014-2015 he was President of the Presidential Advisory Commission on the Pension System. In 2006 he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Pension Reform; in 2007-2008 he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council for Work and Equity; and in 2011, she was a member of the expert committee reviewing training policies. Currently, he is also part of the Pension Commission convened by the CPC.