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Mayra Sáenz

Research Interests

Development Economics and Applied Microeconomics focused on Inequality, Redistribution, and Poverty.


Ph.D. in Agricultural and Applied Economics program in progress. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). 2017-Present

MA in Economics with a minor in Development Economics. Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Quito-Ecuador. 2011

Awards and Honors

Most Outstanding Second Year Research Paper. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign -ACE. 2019

Chester Bull Roberts Graduate Fellowship. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2018

M. Frances Henry Graduate Fellowship. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 2017-2018

Summer School in Multidimensional Poverty Analysis Fellowship (Tuition). Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI). Oxford University. Beijing, China. 2016

Summer School at Center for Distributive, Labor and Social Studies (CEDLAS) Fellowship (Tuition). National University of La Plata, Argentina. 2012.

Highlighted Publications

Stampini, M., Robles, M., Sáenz, M., Ibarrarán, P., & Medellín, N. (2016). Poverty, vulnerability, and the middle class in Latin America. Latin American Economic Review25(1), 4.