Cynthia is a PhD candidate in Policy Studies at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy. Her research interests include labor policy, poverty and inequality and international development. She was the recipient of the 2017 All S.T.A.R. Fellowship and the 2019 Joseph Rogers Fellowship at the University of Maryland, and is an external consultant in behavioral economics at the Social Protection and Health Unit of the Inter-American Development Bank. In her dissertation research Cynthia assesses how policy-induced barriers such as regulations and taxes influence workers' employment on the informal sector of the economy, both in developing countries and advanced economies including the United States. Jobs in the informal sector are often called “off the books”; these are jobs that do not accrue benefits in a country's national pension scheme such as Social Security and that often do not comply with safety and labor regulations.
Before joining the University of Maryland, Cynthia held positions at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC, in both the Research Department and the Vice Presidency of the Private Sector. She has an M.P.P. from the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy and a B.A. in Economics from Universidad del CEMA (Argentina).
Dissertation Committee: Prof. Phillip Swagel (Chair, School of Public Policy), Prof. Susan Parker (School of Public Policy), Prof. Peter Reuter (School of Public Policy), Prof. Sergio Urzúa (Department of Economics), Prof. Evan Starr (Business School)