Office Hours:by appointment
- Applied Microeconomics (Public, Labor, Development)
- PhD, Stanford University
Dr. Anita Alves Pena is a Professor of Economics at Colorado State University. Her research interests are in public sector economics, labor economics, and economic development and her current research relates to undocumented and documented immigration, public policy, poverty, education/skill, and agricultural labor markets. Dr. Pena received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2007, M.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 2004, and B.A. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 2001. She teaches Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, and Microeconomics of Development at the graduate level, as well as undergraduate Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics, Economics of Public Finance, and a Senior Seminar on Local Economic Policy/Cost-Benefit Analysis.
My teaching philosophy has revolved around the idea that the art in teaching economics lies in the ability to relate the subject to the experiences of students. Teaching students why economics matters to their lives changes their understanding of the world around them. My view is that this not only ensures a next generation of economists to extend the field, but also can result in positive externalities such as changes in students' compassion for the poor, ethics in business, and personal responsibility for household finances. The best economics classes therefore in my opinion elucidate supply and demand relationships and engage students mathematically, analytically, intuitively, and verbally while encouraging informed citizenship and decision-making. This is relevant at the undergraduate and graduate (through PhD) levels.
- Local Labor Market Inequality and the Age of Mass Incarceration (with Luke Petach), Review of Black Political Economy, 2020.
- Unequal Recovery, Labor Market Polarization, Race, and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election (with Maoyong Fan), Journal of Race, Economics and Policy, 2020.
- Going Private: Are Private Prisons Cost-Saving Options for States? (with Weston White and Stephan Weiler), Growth and Change, 2020.
- Factors Affecting School Attendance by Gender in Nepal (with Niroj Bhattarai and Alexandra Bernasek), Review of Political Economy, 2020.
- Economic Evaluation and Systematic Review of Publicly Available Workers’ Compensation Practice Details and Mod Rate Calculators Applied to Upper Midwest Agriculture (with Bryan Weichelt, Jeffrey Joyce, and Matthew Keifer), Journal of Agromedicine, Volume 25, Issue 1 (2020): 38-51
- Do Minimum Wage Laws Affect Those Who Are Not Covered? Evidence from Agricultural and Non-Agricultural Workers (with Maoyong Fan), PLoS ONE, Volume 14, Issue 10 (2019), e0221935.
- Agricultural Youth Injuries: A Review of 2015-2017 Cases from U.S. News Media Reports (with Bryan Weichelt, Serap Gorucu, Dennis Murphy, Marsha Salzwedel, and Barbara C. Lee), Journal of Agromedicine, Volume 24, Issue 3 (2019), 298-308
- Drug overdose and child maltreatment across the United States’ rural-urban continuum (with Rebecca Orsi, Paula Yuma-Guerrero, Kristen Sergi, and Audrey M. Shillington), Child Abuse and Neglect, Volume 86 (2018): 358-367
- Interracial face-to-face crimes and the socioeconomics of neighborhoods: Evidence from policing records (with Gregory DeAngelo and R Kaj Gittings), International Review of Law and Economics, Volume 56 (December 2018): 1-13
- Skills and Economic Inequality Across Race and Ethnicity in the United States: New Evidence on Wage Discrimination Using PIAAC, Review of Black Political Economy, Volume 45, Issue 1 (2018): 40-68
- Field Sanitation in U.S. Agriculture: Evidence from NAWS and Future Data Needs (with Edward R. Teather-Posadas), Journal of Agromedicine, Volume 23, Issue 2 (2018): 123-133
- PIAAC skills and economic inequality, Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education, Volume 5, Number 2 (Summer 2016): 17-34
- Effects of the Great Recession on the U.S. Agricultural Labor Market (with Maoyong Fan and Jeffrey Perloff), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 98, Issue 4 (July 2016): 1146-1157
- Why Do Fewer Agricultural Workers Migrate Now? (with Maoyong Fan, Susan Gabbard, and Jeffrey Perloff), American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Volume 97, Issue 3 (April 2015): 665-679
- The Effect of Continuing Education Participation on Outcomes of Male and Female Agricultural Workers in the USA, Education Economics, Volume 23, Issue 6 (2014): 751-776
- Effect of Natural Disasters on Local Nonprofit Activity (with Tony Underwood, Stephan Weiler, Sammy Zahran), Growth and Change, Volume 45, Issue 4 (December 2014): 590-610
- Determinants of Child Labor in the Modern United States: Evidence from Agricultural Workers and their Children (with Maoyong Fan and Mimi Houston), Economics Bulletin, Volume 34, Issue 1 (2014): 287-306
- Undocumented Immigrants and the Welfare State: The Case of Regional Migration and U.S. Agricultural Labor, Journal of Regional Science, Volume 54, Issue 1 (January 2014): 96-113 (previous version: Stanford Center for International Development Working Paper No. 331)
- Poverty Measurement for a Binational Population, Migration Letters, Volume 10, Issue 2 (May 2013): 254-269
- Undocumented Immigration and the Business of Farm Labor Contracting in the U.S., American Journal of Business, Special Issue "Immigration: Impacts on Business," Volume 27, Issue 1 (2012): 10-26
- Economies of Scale and Gender Discrimination in Transition: The Case of the Republic of Tajikistan, Applied Economics, Volume 44, Issue 18 (June 2012): 2265-2281
- Maternal Benzene Exposure and Low Birth Weight Risk in the United States: A Natural Experiment in Gasoline Reformulation (with Sammy Zahran, Stephan Weiler, and Howard W. Mielke), Environmental Research, Volume 112 (January 2012): 139-146
- Immigration, Legal Status, and Public Aid Magnets: Evidence from the U.S. Census, National Tax Association Proceedings, 102nd Annual Conference on Taxation (2011): 260-265
- Poverty, Legal Status, and Pay Basis: The Case of U.S. Agriculture, Industrial Relations, Volume 49, Issue 3 (July 2010): 429-456 (previous version: Stanford Center for International Development Working Paper No. 377)
- Legalization and Immigrants in U.S. Agriculture, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, Volume 10, Issue 1 (Topics), Article 7 (2010) (previous version: Stanford Center for International Development Working Paper No. 348)
- Locational Choices of the Legal and Illegal: The Case of Mexican Agricultural Workers in the U.S., International Migration Review, Volume 43, Number 4 (Winter 2009): 850-880 (previous version: Stanford Center for International Development Working Paper No. 332)
- Hispanics and the Great Recession: Differences in Unemployment Rate Duration by Ethnicity and Race 2003-2010 (with Harvey Cutler and Martin Shields), in Hispanics in the U.S. Labor Market, Information Age Press, 2014
- Remittances and Undocumented Migration, in The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013
- Economics of Migration (with Steven J. Shulman), in 21st Century Economics: A Reference Handbook, SAGE Publications, 2010
- Introduction, in Policy Reform and Chinese Markets (with Belton M. Fleisher, Nicholas C. Hope, and Dennis Tao Yang), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008
- Policy Reform and Chinese Markets (with Belton M. Fleisher, Nicholas C. Hope, and Dennis Tao Yang), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008