I’m a PhD candidate at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. My research interests are in development and environmental economics. In these contexts, my work revolves around the empirical analysis of individuals’ behavioral responses to policies and incentives.

My job maker paper entitled Effects of weather on daily school attendance decisions and academic performance quantifies the effect of weather conditions on high school attendance in the context of Costa Rica, a tropical middle-income country. Combining hourly weather records from local weather stations with data on absenteeism at the individual-lecture level, I show that both high temperatures and precipitation decrease daily school attendance, a key input in the learning process.

The other two chapters of my dissertation evaluate the effects of forest conservation policies on environmental and economic outcomes.

I collaborate with the EfD Initiative and LACEEP. I graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Costa Rica, and hold a Master degree on Environmental Economics from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Turrialba, Costa Rica.