Type: School event

Trade and economic limitations in Puerto Rico

Hosted by Policy for the People


Dr. José Caraballo-Cueto, Associate Professor of Economics, University of Puerto Rico

Date & time

Feb 2, 2022, 12:00-1:00 pm EST


This is a Virtual Event.

Policy for the People, a student organization at the Ford School, invites you to a lunch talk with Dr. José Caraballo-Cueto, an associate professor in the graduate business school in the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. Caraballo-Cueto will discuss the limitations to trade and commerce as a result of Puerto Rico's colonial relationship with the United States, reviewing legislation affecting Puerto Rico's economic transactions and assessing the impact of trade limitations on the island’s economy.

From the speaker's bio

José Caraballo-Cueto currently works as an associate professor in the graduate business school in the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras. He worked for eight years in the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, where he was also a regular researcher in the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research and the director of the Census Information Center of Puerto Rico. Caraballo completed a PhD in economics at The New School for Social Research in 2013, where he specialized in econometrics (a branch of statistics) and development, obtaining honors in the latter. He has obtained grants from NIH, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development based in New York, the Youth Institute of Puerto Rico, and the Foundation Network, among other grants to study topics related to human development. He
recently was recognized as an “emerging scholar in the U.S.” by the magazine Diverse Issues. He has published seventeen peer-reviewed articles in international outlets including “Colorism and Health Disparities in Home Countries: The Case of Puerto Rico” in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health (with Isar Godreau); Balancing Fiscal and Mortality Impact of SARS-CoV-2 Mitigation Measurements” in Letters in Biomathematics (with Maytee Cruz); “Balanced Versus Unbalanced Growth: Revisiting the Forgotten Debate with New Empirics" in the Review of Development Economics (with Xiao Jiang and Chau Ngoyen), "Do Gender Disparities Exist Despite a Negative Gender Earnings Gap?" in the journal Economia (with Eileen Segarra), “From Deindustrialization to Indebtedness: The Case of Puerto Rico” (with Juan Lara in the Journal of Globalization and Development), “Free trade Zones, Liberalization, Remittances, and Tourism, for what? Jobless Growth in the Dominican Republic” (in the International Journal of Development Issues), and “How (not) to Estimate GDP at the Sub-State Level: the Usefulness of the Economic Census” (in The Review of Regional Studies). He has also published one book and more than 140 essays in Puerto Rico and in international outlets. Caraballo-Cueto participate as a reviewer in several academic journals. He is the past president of the Puerto Rico Association of Economists and a regular contributor to the research platform “Econolatin”, managed by the Autonomous University of Madrid. He had more than 120 presentations in academic conferences in different countries including in Yale University, Rutgers University, in the American States Organization, and in the United Nations. Dr. Caraballo was the General Coordinator of the first Human Development Report of Puerto Rico, a multisectoral research project done in tandem with the United Nations. He also worked as a Statistical Project Manager in the Puerto Rico Institute of Statistics, where he was Chair of the Subcommittee of Economic Statistics. He is a member of several academic associations and a regular speaker in the media.

Contact / more information

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