Petra Todd’s main research focus is in social program evaluation, labor economics, and microeconometrics. She is currently studying school incentive programs in Mexico, school vouchers in Chile, and the privatized pension market in Chile.
Todd has spent most of her career at the University of Pennsylvania, although she has held visiting positions at universities around the world. As a consultant, she has collaborated with institutions such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Chilean government.
Currently serving as a co-editor of Quantitative Economics and the Journal of Economic Literature, Todd has been published in many major economics journals. She also serves as a research associate of Penn’s Population Studies Center.
Todd holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and English from the University of Virginia, in addition to a master’s degree and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.
Professor Todd has been named the 2015–16 Thornber Fellow, a post supported by a generous gift from Hodson and Ludmila Thornber.