Débora Nunes

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2022-2023

Ph.D. Student, Department of Economics

Research Summary: Substantial microlevel evidence indicates that, due to unpaid care responsibilities in the household and underpaid opportunities in a segmented job market, women in Latin America (and elsewhere) suffer intense and unique impacts from deforestation. Dialoguing with that literature, my research investigates the presence and action of institutions focused on promoting gender equality in the region, measuring if policy and advocacy from such organizations successfully decreases deforestation, ultimately increasing living conditions and opportunities for Latina women. I approach the data from a macroeconomic perspective, focusing on care work, job market conditions, environmental sustainability, and gender equality as areas of interest.

Advisor: Elissa Braunstein