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Labor Department Appoints Professor as Chief Economist

Adriana Kugler

Adriana Kugler

September 19, 2011 – Adriana Kugler, a professor now on leave from the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI), has been named the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor.

"This experience brings together many of the issues that I have studied throughout my academic career, including unemployment, the role of regulations and immigration," says Kugler, who began her new role on Sept. 6. "I have valued my experience at Georgetown and the opportunity to interact with many colleagues who have been directly engaged in policy positions."

The third GPPI faculty member to hold this position, Kugler joins GPPI Dean Edward Montgomery, who served as chief economist from 1997 to 1999 and GPPI professor Harry Holzer, who served in the role in 1999.

"Georgetown, which emphasizes public service beyond self, has been tremendously supportive in allowing me to serve the nation at this crucial time," Kugler says.

Published Works and Distinctions

The professor’s work has been published in a variety of top general interest and specialized journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Labor Economics, the Journal of Development Economics and the Journal of Policy Reform. Her research has also been featured in The Economist magazine and the World Development Report published by the World Bank.

She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow of the Center for Economic Policy Research, the Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.

“Adriana is an incredibly accomplished colleague,” says Montgomery. “Her contributions to GPPI and Georgetown over the past year have been invaluable. I am certain that the Department of Labor will benefit from her extensive expertise.”


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