CSMGEP: Monica Garcia-Perez


Monica Garcia-PerezDr. Monica García-Pérez is a Professor in the Department of Economics, School of Public Affairs, at St. Cloud State University (SCSU), Minnesota and a Senior Fellow at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University. Her research concentrates on health economics, immigration, labor economics, examining wealth inequality across race/ethnicity and the impact of health shocks. She has published her research in journals such as Demography, American Economic Review P&P, Journal of Economics Perspective, Journal of Economic Education, International Education Planning, Review of Black Political Economy, and Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy. She is the co-editor of the American Journal of Health Economics – Special Edition on Health Equity.

Prof. Garcia-Perez teaches several courses : Econometrics (undergraduate and graduate), Economics of Immigration, Economics of Health Disparities, Health Economics, Labor Economics. and Principles of Microeconomics. Prof. Garcia-Perez is passionate about mentoring undergraduate and graduate students in internal and external national programs.

Further, she was an influential member in the collaborative process between SCSU and CentraCare System, a health care provider, to create the SCSU Center for Health Outcome Policy Research (CHOPR). She has written several reports on the St. Cloud residents’ local opinions about health initiatives, immigration, and overall well-being . She actively works with U.S. Census Bureau sensitive administrative data. She is the 2020 past-President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE), the Director of the Faculty Research Group of Immigrants in Minnesota, a Research Scholar at the Roy Wilkins Center, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and a Senior Research Associate at The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University, a selected participant of the Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) Program organized by the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia for Central Minnesota, and a past Co-Director of the SCSU Survey Center. She also serves as a board member of the local non-profit research organization Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER). She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland-College Park and an MSc in Economics from the University College London.