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Maurice Kugler

Maurice Kugler is a Colombian economist born in 1967. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley in 2000, as well as a M.Sc.(Econ) and a B.Sc. (Econ) both from the London School of Economics. He was named in 2007 to the inaugural CIGI Chair in International Public Policy by the Laurier School of Business and Economics. In 2008, CIGI, the Centre for International Governance Innovation, is jointly with University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University launching the Balsillie School for International Affairs, under the sponsorship of the entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Balsillie.

Currently, Kugler conducts research on international trade, foreign direct investment and skilled migration. He explores how global market integration impacts on the prospects of economic growth and convergence for the poor in nations and regions. Since 2006, he has been Research Fellow at the Growth Lab of the Center for International Development in Harvard University, and since 2007, visiting scholar at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He has taught at Harvard, Los Andes, Southampton and Stanford Universities.

In his work on spillovers from foreign direct investment (FDI), Kugler has shown that the presence of multinational corporation affiliates (MNC) can yield technological opportunities for host country producers in upstream sectors, especially when the MNC subsdiary is an exporter and the potential spillover recipient firm has absorptive capacity to adopt new technology. When subsidiaries and local firms are connected through the production chain, then FDI generates transmission of technological knowhow as input suppliers are the recipients of information from their clients.

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Balsillie School for International Affairs

Center for International Development

Tinker Foundation


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