Laura Hospido is currently an economist at the Research Division of the Bank of Spain (Banco de España). She received her Ph.D. in Economics in November 2007 at CEMFI (Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros) and University of Santiago de Compostela for her dissertation "Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Individual Wages and Labour Market Histories". She joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in August 2006 and became a Research Fellow in January 2013. From September to December of 2006 she was a Graduate Affiliate Research Student at the Economics Department of UCL (University College London). In October 2007 she was awarded the Journal of Applied Econometrics JAE Dissertation Prize for her paper entitled "Modelling Heterogeneity and Dynamics in the Volatility of Individual Wages", and in June 2012 the Young Researchers ALdE Prize for her paper entitled "The Cycle of Earnings Inequality: Evidence from Spanish Social Security Data" (joint work with Stéphane Bonhomme). She is member of the executive board of COSME, a subcommittee of the Spanish Economic Association founded to monitor the position of women in the economics profession and to undertake activities that improve women’s position. Since January 2011, she is also the secretary of the European Society for Population Economics (ESPE), founded in 1986 in order to facilitate communication and exchange between researchers in different European countries, as well as with scientists from other parts of the world.