The Economics Department is proud to honor Cynthia Brea for her outstanding work across all four years and in her senior research project. Cynthia is an outstanding student who is a pleasure to teach; she is engaged in class and asks excellent questions. Similarly, she chose an interesting senior project. Her work investigates the impact of pro-natalist policies on birth rates across countries, which is both a relevant policy question, as developed countries have seen declining birth rates in recent years, and a challenging project for data collection and analysis. Cynthia has collected and cleaned the data for this project and conducted a sophisticated analysis to isolate the impact of specific policies while controlling for other factors. After graduation, Cynthia plans to join Teach for America in the Miami-Dade public school system.