This award was presented to Dr. Marie Mora, Professor of Economics and Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives at the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL). She also holds a courtesy appointment as Professor of Economics & Entrepreneurship in UMSL’s College of Business Administration. Mora has written extensively on the labor market outcomes of Hispanics in the US for more than 25 years. Areas of focus have included Hispanic entrepreneurship, educational attainment, earnings differentials (including for subethnic groups), and the effect of English fluency on socioeconomic outcomes. Mora has received over $4 million in external grants as principal investigator (PI) or co-PI since 2006. She has authored/coauthored over 55 refereed journal articles and book chapters, appearing in such outlets as the American Economic Review P&P, Industrial Relations, Journal of Population Economics, Social Science Quarterly, International Migration Review, among others. She has co-edited/coauthored six (6) books, including Hispanic Entrepreneurs in the 2000s: An Economic Profile and Policy Implications (published by Stanford University Press, with Alberto Dávila) which received the 2014 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award. More recently, Mora has written about Puerto Rico’s severe economic crisis and net outmigration, including in her new co-edited volume (with Havidán Rodríguez and Alberto Dávila) entitled Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico: Disaster, Vulnerability & Resiliency (October 2021).
Mora has also authored numerous articles and reports directed at the economics discipline and the popular press. She has written 7 articles specifically for the Hispanic Economic Outlook and several additional articles for the Minority Report that target increasing diversity within the economics profession.
Professor Mora has been invited to share her research expertise on Hispanic/Latino socioeconomic outcomes across the U.S., including with the White House Initiative for the Educational Excellence of Hispanics; the White House Council of Economic Advisers; the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and other Federal Reserve District Banks; the U.S. Department of Labor; among other agencies and institutions.