Adriana Kugler
Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler, professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy and vice-provost for faculty at Georgetown University, will deliver a lecture titled “The Benefits and Cost of Trade Openness for Latin America” on Thursday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m., in the Kennedy Auditorium, Taylor Science Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

Kugler served as chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor in 2011 and 2012. Before joining Georgetown’s faculty, she was a professor in the economics departments at the University of Houston and at University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Her research interests include labor markets and policy evaluation in developed and developing countries. Kugler’s work includes contributions on the role of public policies, unemployment and immigration. Her contribution on the impact of policies and regulations was recognized with the 2007 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. More recently, one of her papers garnered the 2010 First Prize for Best Contribution in the area of “Globalization, Regulations and Development” from the Global Development Network.

Kugler’s work has been published in a variety of top general interest and specialized journals including the American Economic Review, the Review of Economics & Statistics, the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, The Economic Journal, the Journal of Labor Economics and the Journal of Public Economics, among others.

Her research and policy work have been covered in The Economist, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, NBC Latino, CNN Money, FoxBusiness, C-SPAN, Nightly Business News, Telemundo, NPR and in the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

Associate editor of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Kugler also serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Labor and Development, Labour Economics, Economia, the British Journal of Industrial Relations, and the Applied Economics Quarterly Journal.

She is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and Research Fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University. She is also senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

Kugler earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1997 and her Joint BA in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honors from McGill University in Canada in 1991.

The lecture is sponsored by Hamilton’s Latin American Studies program.

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