Dr. Susan Pozo

Dr. Susan Pozo

Dr. Susan Pozo


Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1980

5315 Friedmann Hall

(269) 387-5553
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Areas of Interest

International Finance, Economics of Immigration, Development Economics, Latin America 


Dr. Susan Pozo teaches a number of courses for the economics department that are "global" in nature. At the undergraduate level she teaches International Economics (Economics 3800), Contemporary International Economic Issues (Econ 1080) and Latin American Economies (Econ 3890). At the graduate level, she teaches an international finance course (Econ 6800) and from time to time a workshop that focuses on immigration (Econ 6990). Professor Pozo also directs and leads a short-term summer WMU study abroad course in Southern South America that covers the Economics of Latin America.  


Professor Pozo’s research interests include immigrants' remittances, asset accumulation, returns to international human capital, exchange rate uncertainty, currency crises and the statistical properties of exchange rates. While some of these topics might seem unrelated, they all involve economic phenomena that are often difficult to measure. Her research has been funded by the United Nations, the Inter-American Development Bank, the National Institutes of Health, the Fulbright Foundation, and the BBVA.

Special Honors

WMU College of Arts and Sciences 2012-13 Outstanding Achievement in Research and Creative Activity Award, Borgess Health, Board of Trustees 2007-present, Fulbright Research Scholar (Uruguay) September-December 2006, Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession 1996-1998, Second Vice President of Midwest Economics Association, 1990-1991. 

Selected Publications

“Does the U.S. Labor Market Reward International Experience?” American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2014, Forthcoming.

“Remittances and Portfolio Values: An Inquiry using Immigrants from Africa, Europe, and the Americas,”(with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes) World Development, January 2013.

“Remittance Income Volatility and Labor Supply in Mexico,” (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes) Southern Economic Journal, October 2012.

"Exchange-Rate Volatility and Trade: A Semiparametric Approach," (with Debasri Mukherjee), Applied Economics, May 2011.

"Remittances in Small Island Developing States," (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes and Carlos Vargas-Silva) Journal of Development Studies, May 2010.

"Exchange Rates and U.S. Direct Investment into Latin America," (with Isabel Ruiz), Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, September 2008. Immigrants and their International Money Flows, editor, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2007.

"Exchange Rate Regimes and Currency Crises: An Evaluation using Extreme Value Theory," (with Fasika D. Haile), Review of International Economics, September 2006.

"Remittances as Insurance: Evidence from Mexican Migrants," (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes) Journal of Population Economics, June 2006.

"Migration, Remittances and Male and Female Employment Patterns," (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes) American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings, May 2006.

"Workers' Remittances and the Real Exchange Rate: A Paradox of Gifts," (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes) World Development, August, 2004.

"Statistical Distributions and the Identification of Currency Crises," (with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes) Journal of International Money and Finance, August 2003.

"Precautionary Saving by Young Immigrants and Young Natives," with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Southern Economic Journal, July 2002.

"Prewar and Postwar Macroeconomic Uncertainty: An International Perspective," with Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Journal of Macroeconomics, Fall 2001.

"Conditional Exchange-Rate Volatility and the Volume of International Trade: Evidence from the Early 1900s," Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1992.

"The ECU as International Money," Journal of International Money and Finance, June 1987.

"Composition and Variability of the SDR," Review of Economics and Statistics, May 1984.  


Department of Economics
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