- demographic change
- determinants of wages
- discrimination in the labor market
- economic demography
- economic status of minorities
- economics of races
- economics of education
- education and inequality
- ethnicity and gender effects intergenerational economic effects
- geographic mobility
- human capital accumulation
- intergenerational mobility
- labor and migration
- labor markets
- language proficiency
- Mexican Americans
- migration and integration
- migration and population
- race and ethnicity
- social mobility
Marie T. Mora, Ph.D. is Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, Professor of Economics, and by courtesy, Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship in the College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL). She is also the Project Director and lead Co-PI of UMSL’s NSF ADVANCE project: Advancing Equity for Black, Hispanic, and Other Women in STEM Academic Careers through Organizational Change at an Urban Public Research University. Prior to her current position, Professor Mora served as Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for 16 months at UMSL after having served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs. Before moving to UMSL, her former positions included Professor of Economics and Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).
A labor economist, Professor Mora has been invited to share her research expertise on the socioeconomic outcomes of U.S. Hispanics/Latinos with institutions and agencies across the U.S., including the White House; the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and others. Her publications include refereed journal articles in the American Economic Review P&P, Industrial Relations, Journal of Population Economics, Social Science Quarterly, International Migration Review, among others, along with numerous book chapters. Her books include Population, Migration, and Socioeconomic Outcomes of Island and Mainland Puerto Ricans: La Crisis Boricua (Lexington Books 2017), co-authored with Alberto Dávila and Havidán Rodríguez; the award-winning Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications (Stanford University Press 2013), co-authored with A. Dávila; and four co-edited/co-authored volumes. She has also been PI or Co-PI on $4 million externally funded projects.
Among her professional service activities, Professor Mora is a founding member and former President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE). She served seven years as Director of the American Economic Association's (AEA’s) NSF-funded Economics Mentoring Program, focusing on traditionally underrepresented minority economics Ph.D. students and new graduates. Moreover, she served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio Branch; Data Users Advisory Committee for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics; Editorial Board of Social Science Quarterly; Board of the AEA Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession (including one year as Chair); and on the ASHE Board.
Professor Mora’s honors and recognitions include the 2020 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) from the White House; 2022 Academic Achievement Award from ASHE; 2017 Inspiring Leaders in STEM Award from Insight into Diversity; 2016 Outstanding Support of Hispanic Issues in Higher Education Award from the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; and the 2015 Cesar Estrada Chavez Award from the American Association for Access, Equity, and Diversity. She is also a Distinguished Alumnus of the Department of Economics at the University of New Mexico (UNM).
Professor Mora earned her Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M University, and B.A. and M.A. degrees (also in Economics) from UNM in her hometown of Albuquerque, NM.
She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in January 2014.