I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Global Transformation for UC San Diego. I was an Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (AERE) Scholar for the academic year 2021-2022. I work mainly on environmental and development economics. My interests lie primarily in understanding the consequences of environmental change and the challenges governments face in implementing policies in contexts with underlying structural inequalities or weak institutions. I am currently working on the economics of air pollution control and on the impacts of temperature on financial outcomes and hospital management. On the development economics side, I am currently studying gender disparities in labor markets both in Mexico and the United States, as well as women’s health in Tanzania and Mexico. I graduated with a Ph.D. in Sustainable Development from Columbia University in 2021.

During my Ph.D., I worked with the Data Science group of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where I studied the drivers of health inequality in the US, and at the Economic Research Division of the Central Bank of Mexico as a Summer Research Fellow. I have taught Gender Economics in Mexico, where I have participated in several panels on women’s rights, economic history, and politics. I also contribute to the Economics and Society blog in Nexos, a cultural and political magazine based in Mexico City, and to Foco Economico, an academic economics and politics blog with the objective of discussing research conducted in Latin America.

 At Columbia, I was awarded the Wu Fellowship for my research in health, wellbeing, and public policy, research grants from the Center for Development Economics and Policy, and the Center for Environmental Economics and Policy. I was also the 2019-2020 Lead Teaching Fellow in Sustainable Development for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia.

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