Laura is currently enrolled in the PhD program at the Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg. Her areas of interest include development, public policy, environmental and health economics, labor, spatial economics, and treatment effect models.
She is particularly interested in economic policy instrument’s evaluation in environmental and social aspects, including conservation policies, health, and climate change. At present, Laura is investigating the welfare impacts of protected areas, such as national parks, on local communities’ welfare. She has also worked with the evaluation of the effects of the Payments for Environmental Services. Other interests include behavioral aspects of environmental risk communication, spatial and behavioral modelling of vector transmitted diseases, impacts of climate change on education, and evaluation of forest protection policies in Central America and Sweden. She graduated from the Department of Economics at the University of Costa Rica, and holds a Master degree on Environmental Economics from the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center, Turrialba, Costa Rica.