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Mariana Odio-Zúñiga is a Senior Economist in the Mass Torts Practice at Bates White. She received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, specializing in labor economics and applied econometrics. She has extensive experience using micro-level data to perform empirical analysis using causal-inference econometrics and structural econometric modeling. Her research fields of interest include labor economics, family economics, child development, policy design, and intergenerational mobility.

Dr. Odio-Zúñiga’s research focuses on policy-relevant questions that seek to determine the most effective mechanisms to improve labor market outcomes and social mobility and overcome barriers to equality. In her doctoral studies, she implemented an innovative structural approach to evaluate, quantify, and decompose the causal impact of taxation policies to understand how joint-household behavior and changes in taxation impact the formal-informal labor market composition in developing countries. Her work has been published in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review.


PhD, Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

MA, Economics, Washington University in St. Louis

BA, Economics, Universidad de Costa Rica

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