María Prados is an economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research at the University of Southern California. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, was a Postdoctoral Research Scholar at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a RCMAR Scholar for the Minority Aging Health Economics Research Center at USC. She specializes in quantitative and applied economics, and her research interests have to do with health, gender, labor economics, and household decisions. Recent research includes the gendered effects of the pandemic on labor market outcomes and mental health of working parents, environmental influences on teenage obesity, the value of treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease, and the long-term effects of high quality early childhood education. Dr. Prados’ research has been funded by the Michigan Disability and Retirement Research Center, the NIH, the Roybal Center for Health Policy Simulation, and the Roybal Center for Health Decision Making and Financial Independence in Old Age.