IWPR Doctoral Fellow in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics

Britni Wilcher

Spring 2019

During her fellowship, Britni was a doctoral candidate in the department of economics at American University. Her research focuses on health, innovation and gender. She holds an MS from Bocconi School of Management and a BA from Spelman Collage. During her fellowship she collaborated on an analysis of the impacts of paid parental leave legislation on women’s labor force participation.

Tanima Ahmed

Tanima Ahmed is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at American University. She also works as a research fellow at the Institute of Women’s Policy Research and a consultant at World Bank Group. Her research covers development topics, such as labor supply, time use, collective bargaining and unionization, the wage gap, culture, gender, poverty, household well-being, eldercare, childcare, paid family leave, agriculture, and monetary economics. So far, Tanima has studied the development issues of Bangladesh, India, South Africa, and the US. Her dissertation covers topics on gender and development – the impact of child grants on time use of single parents in South Africa, the measurement of eldercare in the US, and pro-girl attitudes of mothers and childhood stunting in India. Tanima’s research has been published in journals like the World Development (conservatism and female well-being in Bangladesh) and the Journal of Development Areas (monetarist and structuralist controversy in determining inflation in Bangladesh). Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, she has also worked in various research institutes and has experience with proposal writing, survey designs, field surveys, and data analysis. Her research interests include development, gender, finance and banking, and labor economics.

IWPR Doctoral Fellows in Economics of Reproductive Health

Mayra Pineda Torres


Mayra is a doctoral candidate in the department of economics at Texas A&M University.  Her research is in applied microeconomics, with interests in gender, education and health. Before attending graduate school, she obtained a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and worked in Mexico’s Central Bank. During her fellowship she is collaborating on an analysis of the impacts of recent U.S. abortion restrictions on women’s economic outcomes.