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Magdalena Bennett

Assistant Professor

Department:     Information, Risk & Operations Management

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Magdalena Bennett is an assistant professor in the Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management at The University of Texas at Austin’s McCombs School of Business. She teaches courses on data science for business applications.

Bennett’s research into socioeconomics, education, policy, and diversity has been published in the Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and World Development. She has been invited to present her research at Microsoft, the Atlantic Causal Inference Conference, and AEFP Annual Conference, among others.

Prior to joining McCombs, Bennett worked as a senior research assistant at Columbia University in topics related to economics of education, and as a teaching assistant of microeconomics, data mining, and data analysis for the same university. She also worked as a research analyst for the Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at their South American office in Santiago – Chile.

Bennett earned her bachelor’s in Civil Industrial Engineering and her master’s in Engineering Science, Applied Microeconomics from P. Universidad Catolica de Chile. She also earned a master’s in Social Policy from the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. in Economics and Education from Columbia University.



Education Policy Dissertation Research Fellowship, Teachers College – Columbia University


Distinguished Student Paper Award, ENAR International Biometrics Society


Burke Scholarship Award, Teachers College – Columbia University


Magdalena Bennett, Juan Pablo Vielma, and Jose R. Zubizarreta. Building Representative Matched Samples With Multi-Valued Treatments in Large Observational Studies. Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, forthcoming.

Magdalena Bennett. 2021. All Things Equal? Heterogeneity in Policy Effectiveness against COVID-19 Spread in Chile. World Development 137, 105208.

Magdalena Bennett and Peter Bergman. 2021. Better Together? Social Networks in Truancy and the Targeting of Treatment. Journal of Labor Economics 39(1), 1-36.

I. Hilliger, C. Gelmi, L. Cifiuentes, Magdalena Bennett, and J. de la Llera. 2018. Design and Implementation of an Alternative Admission Program to Engineering: Talent and Inclusion. Studies of Higher Education (CSHE) 43(8), 1454-1467.

Rolando Castillo-Passi, Rodrigo C. Vergara, Nicole K. Rogers, Daniela P. Ponce, Magdalena Bennett, and Maria Isabel Behrens. Cancer History Is Associated with Slower Speed of Cognitive Decline in Patients with Amnestic Cognitive Impairment. Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  Forthcoming.