Simón Ramírez Amaya

Simón Ramírez Amaya

PhD Student


Machine learning, Development economics, Digital credit


I do research in the intersection of ML and development economics, with a focus on algorithmic descision making in consumer credit. 

Before coming to Berkeley, I spent a couple of years doing research in the financial industry in South America. I received  a B.S. in computer engineering, and a B.A. and M.A. in economics from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. 

Recent work:

* Credit Scores That Prioritize Customer Welfare: Theory and Evidence from Nigeria (working paper)

* Incorporating High-Frequency Weather Data into Consumption Expenditure Predictions (ML4D Workshop, NeurIPS 2021)

* A supervised clustering MCMC methodology for large categorical feature spaces (Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 2021)




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Last updated:

June 23, 2024