Maurice Kugler

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Mason Square, Van Metre Hall, Room 534
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Maurice D. Kugler is a professor of public policy in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His research expertise is on the role of new technologies in boosting economic growth and labor productivity (aka endogenous growth theory). His work encompasses analyses of productivity growth, global labor markets, foreign direct investment, global value chains, human capital formation, international trade, and international migration.

Kugler was head of research of the Human Development Report, the UN’s annual flagship publication on international economic development after he was senior economist at the World Bank. Prior, he was Visiting Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government and Research Fellow at the Growth Lab of the Center for International Development, both in Harvard University (2006-10).

His research has been widely published in top economics academic journals, including the American Economic ReviewEconomic Development and Cultural ChangeEconomics LettersJournal of Development EconomicsJournal of Human ResourcesJournal of Public EconomicsReview of Economic DynamicsReview of Economics and StatisticsReview of Economic Studies, and the World Bank Economic Review. This work has been recognized in awards (McTaggart at the London School of Economics and Polticial Science and AEA/FRB at University of California, Berkeley), grants (National Science Foundation, MacArthur Foundation and U.K. Economics and Social Sciences Research Council), and prizes (Global Development Forum and Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association).

Before joining the faculty at Mason, Kugler has taught full time at Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia), University of Southampton (United Kingdom), Stanford University (Palo Alto, California), Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts), and Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario). He has been consultant for the World Bank Group (both through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Finance Corporation) and the Inter-American Development Bank, as well as principal investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor.

He earned a PhD in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, under the guidance of Nobel Laureate Paul M. Romer, after getting BSc and MSc degrees in economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Areas of Research

  • Africa
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic Policy
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Human Capital
  • International Economic Development
  • International Economics
  • International Migration
  • International Trade and Global Labor Markets
  • Labor Policy
  • Latin America
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political Economy
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Regional Development
  • South Asia
  • Trade Policy
  • U.S.