Raquel has a BA in Economics with additional training in Quantitative Methods (Federal University of Minas Gerais, 2007) and completed a master's degree in Demography (Centre for Development and Regional Planning, 2010). Raquel is also affiliated with the Graduate Program in Demography at the Federal University of Minas Gerais, as a Ph.D. student (class of 2013). She also served as a substitute teacher between January and July 2010 in the Demography Department. Her previous experiences include research assistant positions on various projects related to Demography, Education, Inequality and Public Policy. She earned first place in two monograph competitions of national importance (IPEA-Caixa Monograph Award, in 2006; and XII National Treasury Award, in 2007).