Alain Pineda

Alain Pineda

PhD student in Economics

Stanford University

I am a PhD student in Economics at Stanford University and a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. I am interested in studying labor markets in developing countries, focusing on the dynamics of informal employment and expanding access to social insurance.

I am originally from Mexico City and previously worked in the Research Department of Mexico’s central bank (Banxico). I received my MA and BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).


  • Informality
  • Social Insurance Expansion
  • Labor Market Trajectories
  • Equality of Opportunity


  • PhD in Economics, 2024 (expected)

    Stanford University

  • MA in Economics, 2022

    Stanford University

  • MA in Economics, 2018


  • BA in Economics, 2017


Research Projects



Summer Intern - Consultant

Inter-American Development Bank

Jun 2022 – Aug 2022 Washington, D.C. (remote)
Research assistant for microdata analysis on gender at the Gender and Diversity Divison



Jan 2022 – May 2022 Mexico City (remote)
Research seminar for students in the Master in Applied Economics program

PhD Student

Stanford University

Aug 2018 – Present Stanford, CA


  • Labor Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Public Economics


Banco de México

Sep 2015 – Jul 2018 Mexico City
Analysis of the real economy, with a focus on labor markets


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