Octavio Medina

Octavio Medina

Senior Associate



I’m an economist interested in behavioral science and social policy. I’m currently a Senior Associate at ideas42, where I help apply behavioral insights to improve public services. Previously I worked for the Education Global Practice at the World Bank, focusing on a school survey in East Africa. I got my MPA from LSE in 2017 and my BA in Economics from Yale in 2010.

I’m involved in Politikon, a network of Spanish social scientists and policymakers interested in making social science accessible. I’ve co-written a couple of books, La Urna Rota (The Broken Ballot Box) and El Muro Invisible (The Invisible Wall). Both of them are about institutional reform and policy challenges in Spain.

I also enjoy writing about a few other topics. I have published articles in JotDown Magazine, Politikon, and El País.

Oh, and I love #Rstats and data visualization.


  • Behavioral science
  • Data science and #Rstats
  • Social policy
  • Policy design and evaluation


  • Master's in Public Administration, 2017

    London School of Economics

  • BA in Economics and International Studies, 2010

    Yale University

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El Muro Invisible

¿Por qué el sistema perjudica a los jóvenes de hoy en día? ¿Y qué deberíamos hacer para cambiar las cosas?