Silvia is an Economist at the Center for Economic and Social Research (CESR) at the University of Southern California (USC). She is also an International Research Associate at the IFS. After obtaining her PhD from Princeton University, Silvia spent three years as an Associate Economist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica before moving to USC.
Her research interests span Health, Labor and Development Economics. Her current projects investigate the determinants of health insurance choice, the effect of health insurance on health and financial outcomes, and the relationship between education and health and how it is mediated by genetic factors. Silvia was awarded the 2015 Albert Rees Prize from the Industrial Relations Section at Princeton University. In 2016, Silvia received a Career Development Award from the U.S. National Institutes of Health to study the pathways in which health insurance affects mental health and subjective well-being.