Adriana Kugler

Professor, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Dr. Adriana Kugler is a Full Professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. Dr. Kugler was Chief Economist at the U.S. Department of Labor under the Obama Administration between 2011 and 2013 and Vice Provost for Faculty at Georgetown University between 2013 and 2016. Dr. Kugler was appointed this year to the Board on Science, Technology and Economic Policy (STEP) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and served in the Technical Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Dr. Kugler is currently Chair of the Business and Economics Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association. She was an elected member of the Executive Committee of the European Association of Labor Economists and of the Executive Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association.

She has made important contributions to the study of impacts of labor institutions (unemployment insurance, payroll taxes, dismissal costs, occupational licensing and active labor market programs) on employment and earnings. 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 and with the 2010 First Prize for Best Contribution in the area of “Globalization, Regulations and Development from the Global Development Network. Her work has been published in a variety of top general interest and specialized labor and development journals and has been covered widely by the media. She has been invited to present her work at Universities and conferences across the U.S. and around the world. 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 and at the Center for American Progress. Dr. Kugler has served as Associate Editor of the Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Economia, Labor Economics and the Journal of Development Policy.

Dr. Kugler earned her Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from McGill University with first class honors.

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