Ricardo Espinoza is a policy analyst at the OECD. He works in the National Skills Strategies Team in the Directorate for Education and Skills performing comparative policy analysis with the objective of contributing to enhance and extend OECD’s capacity to support countries as they develop effective national skills strategies. Ricardo is an applied microeconomist, and his main research and professional interests lie at the intersection of labour economics and economics of education. Prior to joining the OECD, Ricardo was completing a PhD degree at University of Maryland (USA) and consulted for a number of international organisations including the World Bank and the IDB in Washington, DC. He conducts applied research with a focus on the estimation of the returns to education, the effect of financial aid policies on the demand and supply of higher education, and the design of centralized admission mechanisms to schools and universities. Ricardo has also taught microecomics and applied mathematics at the University of Maryland (USA) and the Univeristy of Los Andes (Chile). Ricardo is Chilean and earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, and a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Engineering from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.