Anita Alves Pena, Dept. Chair

Contact Information

Phone: 970-491-0821

Email: anita.pena@colostate.edu

Office: C306 Clark

Office Hours: TR 1:45-2:30 pm

Role: Faculty

Position: Interim Chair and Associate Professor

Concentration:
  • Economics

Department: Economics

Biography

Dr. Anita Alves Pena is an Associate Professor of Economics and the department's Interim Chair 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, 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 currently teaches Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, and Microeconomics of Development at the graduate level, as well as undergraduate Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics, and Economics of Public Finance.

Teaching Philospophy:

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.

Education

PhD, Stanford University

Publications

Journal Articles:

Book Chapters:

  • 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

Edited Volume:

  • Policy Reform and Chinese Markets (with Belton M. Fleisher, Nicholas C. Hope, and Dennis Tao Yang), Edward Elgar Publishing, 2008

Pedagogical Publications:

  • Calculus Complement (with Scott Houser, Skip Crooker, and Kristina Lybecker) to accompany Goolsbee Levitt Syverson Microeconomics, Worth, 2013
  • Calculus content for Study Guide with Practice Problems by Constantin Ogloblin to accompany Goolsbee Levitt Syverson Microeconomics, Worth, 2013
  • Calculus Supplement to acccompany B. Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whinston Microeconomics, McGraw-Hill, 2008
  • Calculus Supplement to Accompany B. Douglas Bernheim and Michael D. Whinston's Microeconomics, 1st edition

Other:

Curriculum Vitae

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Courses

ECON 306 Intermediate Microeconomics - Syllabus

AREC/ECON 335 Introduction to Econometrics - Syllabus

ECON 520 Public Economics I (graduate) - Syllabus

ECON 706 Microeconomic Theory II (PhD) - Syllabus

ECON 760 Microeconomics of Development (PhD) - Syllabus