Changemakers in Family Planning: Mayra Pineda-Torres
Abortion and contraception
Awarded 2023
Changemakers in Family Planning
Mayra Pineda-Torres, PhD
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Mayra Pineda-Torres is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She is an applied microeconomist who uses quasi-experimental methods and observational data to examine topics related to women’s and teenagers‘ welfare. In particular, she is interested in the health and economic consequences of family planning policies and reproductive healthcare access.

Her published work includes a study of the long-term educational and labor impacts of reproductive technologies introduced in the US in the 1960s and 1970s. She has also explored the impacts of mandatory waiting periods for abortion on abortion use and the timing of abortion, the consequences of targeted regulations of abortion providers for teenage fertility and educational attainment, and changes in mobility near abortion facilities in Texas after the implementation of the Texas SB8 law. She earned her BA in Economics at ITAM and her PhD in Economics from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Pineda-Torres is currently studying the implications of abortion access for intimate partner violence and a simulated analysis of the changes in post-Dobbs fertility rates using pre-Dobbs fertility data. She is also studying the causal relationship between educational attainment and teenage fertility. Through the award period, she intends to conduct study the consequences of abortion legislation on physician training and job location, maternal health, and family well-being. She is also interested in understanding differences in fertility trends across demographic groups and will analyze the determinants of Hispanic fertility trends in the United States.