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Karina Cordova

Ph.D.- Economics

Experience & Background

Karina possesses extensive labor economics and policy analysis experience.  Besides being a member of the PFC economics team, she performs technical reviews of questionnaires and provides Spanish translation of questionnaires and cognitive interviews.

Karina is a trained econometrician and data analyst.  Karina’s questionnaire experience includes editing and quality control of surveys at the national, regional, and firm levels, both in English and Spanish, in Mexico and the United States.  She has experience designing and facilitating laboratory experiments.  Karina also performs custom research and data analysis on a wide variety of projects. 

Karina has held teaching positions at several universities, University of Arizona, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Azusa Pacific University, and Franklin and Marshall College.  Her research topics include the impact of social programs in Mexico, for example, the female labor force participation in areas with new access to free child care.  Karina was also a research associate at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.  While at the Udall Center, she assisted with the data analysis to evaluate the economic and social impact of the Legal Arizona Workers Act after it had passed.


Karina received her B.A. in Economics from Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (Center for Research and Teaching in Economics), Mexico City.  She also received a specialization diploma from CIDE in Development and Social Policy.  She completed a predoctoral research fellowship at the Center for US-Mexican Studies, University of California, San Diego. 

Karina earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Arizona, Tucson, with concentrations in Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics.  She completed a postdoctoral research program at the Programa Universitario de Estudios del Desarrollo (University Program for Developmental Studies) at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Mexico City.