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Sofia G. Ayala


Sofía G. Ayala earned an M.S. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin. Before enrolling in the LBJ doctoral program, she worked as a research associate at the Bureau of Business Research (a unit of the IC2 Institute) at the University of Texas at Austin, where she continues to work as a part-time research assistant. In this position, she has co-authored several articles on the effects of the spatial concentration of high-technology firms on class and gender wage inequalities in U.S. metropolitan areas. She was also the co-author in a study commissioned by Temple-Inland, Inc. and the LBJ School of Public Affairs on the effects of federal regulations on the international competitiveness of U.S. firms. Her research interests are mainly in the areas of economic development, social and labor policy, and her dissertation research focuses on the study of urban wage inequality in Mexico. Sofia was born and raised in Mexico City. 

Research Interests: Regional and International Economic Development, Inequality, Advanced Quantitative Research Methods