Maria holds a PhD in Economics by the Public University of Navarra (Spain). This thesis received the FUNCAS (Fundación de Cajas de Ahorros) award in 2015 to the best Thesis in the area of Social Sciences defended in Spain in 2014. She also did a Postdoctorate at UMass, at the Department of Health Policy and Management of the University of Massachusetts Amherst (US). After the PhD and Postdoc, she worked as a lecturer at the Economics Department of the Public University of Navarra, and as a consultant on different health related research projects.
Her doctoral thesis analyzed the impact of financial and non-financial incentives on blood and living organ donations. Her research usually combines theoretical models (behavioral economic models) with empirical work, looking for novel but realistic alternatives of intervention and giving advice to policy designers. She has visited different Universities as a visiting researcher during the PhD, such as Sheffield University, Carlos III University and the IRDES in Paris. Her postdoctoral research analysed the social economic Impact of Gambling in Massachusetts.
Also, Maria likes to highlight the experience visiting An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine, as part of an exchange program between universities (Erasmus plus). She had the opportunity to teach several lectures during one week about health economics to Master and Doctoral studies from the fields of Medicine and Public Health.