I am a Ph.D. candidate in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My research comprises the analysis of theoretical models of individual decisions and the empirical estimation of related outcomes through structural and reduced-form econometric tools. My fields of study include applied econometrics, applied microeconomics, labor economics, and development. I focus on the study of child development in disadvantaged households. Specifically, I analyze the importance of family investment in explaining the evolution of children’s development. I study how socioeconomic conditions, parenting, child care choices, and innate ability determine cognitive and non-cognitive abilities of children. I also examine how effective policy interventions can help to reduce socioeconomic disparities and to enhance child development.