Hira Farooqi is a recent PhD in Economics from Rice University and a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her research lies at the intersection of labor, gender and family economics with a particular focus on the determinants of women's participation in economic activities in the context of the U.S. and Pakistan. Her PhD thesis evaluates the effectiveness of telework opportunities in reducing motherhood penalties and supporting the careers of mothers in the U.S. In another ongoing project she is studying how parental preferences regarding marriage attributes for daughters determine women’s educational attainment in Pakistan. Prior to her PhD Hira obtained an MA in Economics from New York University as a Fulbright Masters Scholar.