Mariana Urbina-Ramirez

Research Interests

Survey methodology; Education; Healthcare access; Development economics


I am a PhD candidate in the Applied Economics Department with a focus on international development and survey methodology. I joined the MPC in 2015 as a graduate research assistant at the IPUMS International project. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, I worked at CAF, the development bank of Latin America, where I gained experience managing microdata from surveys.

I am interested in survey research methods and development economics. I am currently working on a project that investigates the effects of SIS health insurance on maternal health care utilization and health outcomes in Peru. My other projects include the impact of tortilla prices on food security in Mexico (with Camilo Bohorquez-Penuela) and the effect of the AgMag magazine on the social science knowledge of sixth-grade students in Minnesota (with Sue Knott and Keri Sidle).