Patricia Cortes

Core Faculty Member, Human Capital Initiative

Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Master’s, Economics, La Universidad de los Andes, Colombia
Bachelor’s, Economics, La Universidad de los Andes, Colombia

Patricia Cortes is a Core Faculty Member of the Human Capital Initiative, a Faculty Steering Committee Member at the Boston University Global Development Policy Center and an Associate Professor of Markets, Public Policy and Law at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. She co-leads HCI’s Program on Women’s Empowerment Research.

She is an empirical labor economist working on international migration and gender. In her work, she has studied how low-skilled immigration affects prices and the labor supply of high skilled women in the US, female migration flows in East Asia, the migration of Filipino nurses to the US and the role of the demand for time flexibility in explaining gender pay gaps and occupation segregation. Her ongoing projects include a study on the barriers to female labor force participation in Saudi Arabia and an investigation of gender differences in negotiation and job search using experimental methods. Cortes obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in Economics from La Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, Colombia.

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