Natalia is an applied economics PhD candidate from the University of Minnesota. Her research interests are in the areas of labor and development economics. She is interested in how individuals' beliefs shape their decisions, and in frictions that make inequalities persistent. Currently, she is focusing on these aspects in the case of gender equality. Specifically, how tradeoffs between home and market shape women’s and men’s labor and home production decisions and how they explain observed gender gaps. She is also interested in studying effective policies that can help close these gaps. One example of her work is her job market paper. In it, she studies how paid maternity leave policies influence women's human capital investment decisions.