Jimena Rico-Straffon

Jimena Rico-Straffon

PhD student in Economics

University of California, Santa Barbara

I am a Ph.D. student in Economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). I conduct policy-relevant economic research related to sustainable development, inequality, and labor economics.

Prior to joining UCSB, I worked at the Economic Research Division of Mexico’s central bank (Banco de México) and as a research analyst at Mexico’s National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change where I conducted research on inequality, monetary policy, and deforestation. I also worked as a consultant for the World Wildlife Fund-US where I started doing research on the forest loss impacts of logging concessions and the eco-certification in Peru and Cameroon.


  • Environmental Economics
  • Natural Resource Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Labor Economics


  • Ph.D. in Economics, (In Progress)

    University of California, Santa Barbara

  • M.A. in Economics, 2020

    University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Master of Public Policy, 2015

    Duke University

  • B.A. in Economics, 2011

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México