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Maurice Kugler

Professor of Public Policy


3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201



Maurice Kugler is a Colombian American economist born in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2000, as well as an M.Sc.(Econ) and a B.Sc. (Econ) both from the London School of Economics. Dr. Kugler is Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University in the Schar School of Policy and Government. Prior, he worked as a consultant for the World Bank, where he was senior economist before (2010-2012). Most recently he was Principal Research Scientist and Managing Director at IMPAQ International. Before that, he was head of the Development Research and Data Unit of UNDP, where he was the lead writer of the Human Development Report. He was named in 2007 to the inaugural the Centre for International Governance Innovation Chair in International Public Policy by the Laurier School of Business and Economics. Starting in 2007, Dr. Kugler was Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Kugler has conducted research on international trade, foreign direct investment and skilled migration. He explores how global market integration impacts on the prospects of economic growth and convergence for the poor in nations and regions. Since 2006 until 2010, he has been Research Fellow at the Growth Lab of the Center for International Development in Harvard University, and in 2007, visiting scholar at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Before becoming a professor at George Mason University, he taught at Harvard, Los Andes, Southampton, Stanford and Wilfrid Laurier Universities. 

His scholarly work has been published in top economics journals, including the American Economic Review (American Economic Association), the Review of Economic Studies (Oxford University Press), the Review of Economics and Statistics (MIT Press), Economic Development and Cultural Change (The University of Chicago Press), the Journal of Policy Reform (Routledge), the Journal of Public Economics (Elsevier), the Journal of Development Economics (Elsevier), and Economics Letters, among other prestigious academic journals.

This research has been recognized with the Juan Luis Londoño Prize, presented to the best paper on social policy in the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA) Conference program, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, October 15-17, 2015 (“Educational, Labor Market, and Welfare Impacts of Scholarships for Private Secondary School: Evidence from Colombia,” co-authored with Eric Bettinger, Michael Kremer, Carlos Medina, Christian Posso and Juan Saavedra); and also with the First Prize for Best Contribution in the area of “Globalization, Regulation and Development” at the Global Development Network Annual Conference Program, Prague, Czech Republic, January 16-18, 2010 (“Trade Reforms and Market Selection: Evidence from Manufacturing Plants in Colombia,” co-authored with Marcela Eslava, John Haltiwanger and Adriana Kugler.) In addition, the latter paper was published in 2013 in the Review of Economic Dynamics and was identified by the publisher, Elsevier Science, as one of the most highly cited papers during 2014, 2015 and up until June 2016, according to data from Scopus (the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature).

The economics bibliographic database IDEAS/RePEc has ranked Dr. Kugler among the top 5 percent of economists worldwide by a number of criteria, including average rank score, the number of citations, the h-index, and the breadth of citations across fields. Also, he has more than 5,000 citations in Google Scholar, with 15 papers garnering over 100 citations.

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Areas of Research

  • Africa
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic Policy
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Human Capital
  • International Economic Development
  • International Economics
  • International Migration
  • International Trade and Global Labor Markets
  • Labor Policy
  • Latin America
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Regional Development
  • South Asia
  • Trade Policy
  • US