Lara currently works as an economics researcher at the International Trade Union Confederation. Lara holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Bard College and an M.S. in Economic Policy and Theory from the Levy Economics Institute. She is interested in using economics in ways that apply to the real world, rather than just working with abstract models. Her research focuses on highlighting the devastating effects austerity policies have on people’s lives and promoting fair economic policies that work for everyone. Lara was previously a research associate at CEPR.