Maria Rosales-Rueda is an Assistant Professor of Education Policy at the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include the economics of human capital, health, development economics, and program evaluation. Her research agenda studies the roles that environmental influences, family investments, and social interventions play in the process of human capital formation and in the evolution of inequalities in health, education, and labor outcomes both in developed and developing countries. Her most recent work examines the persistent effects of early-life influences on the development of children’s human capital in Ecuador and Indonesia. Currently, she is also investigating how early-life shocks interact with subsequent human capital investments to produce human capital impacts across the life cycle.
Maria received her Public Policy PhD from the University of Chicago in 2014. She has previously worked at the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Center for the Economics of Human Capital Development at the University of Chicago.