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​Zadia Feliciano
Economics Department

Office: Powdermaker Hall 300​
Director of LALS
Zadia Feliciano is a Professor in the Department of Economics, Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) program, a faculty member of the Graduate Center, CUNY and a Research Economist in the Program of International Trade and Investment at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). She received her PhD in Economics from Harvard University and BA in Economics from The University of Chicago. Her research is in the areas of International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment, Multinational Firms, Economic Development and Migration.

A large focus of her research has been on the effects of international free trade agreements on domestic and foreign owned firms, a topic covered in her papers “EU Accession and Foreign Owned Firms in Bulgaria,” (Feliciano and Doytch, 2017), and “Trade Liberalization and Firm Performance: The Case of Thailand," (Feliciano and Doytch, 2020). Her research on the impact of trade on labor markets has been widely cited: "Workers and Trade Liberalization: The Impact of Trade Reforms in Mexico on Wages and Employment," (Feliciano, 2001), and “Foreign Ownership, Wages and Wage Changes in U.S. Industries, 1987-1992," (Feliciano and Lipsey, 2006).

She has studied the relationship between foreign takeovers, greenfield investments and the comparative advantage of the country of the ultimate beneficial owner, which is the focus of her papers "Foreign Entry into U.S. Manufacturing by Takeovers and the Creation of New Firms," (Feliciano and Lipsey, 2017) and "Foreign Entry into U.S. Service Industry by Takeovers and the Creation of New Firms," (Feliciano and Sun, 2016).

Prof. Feliciano has also conducted research on immigration, minimum wage and natural disasters. Papers on these areas include "The Skill and Economic Performance of Mexican Immigrants from 1910 to 1990," (Feliciano, 2001),“Does the Minimum Wage Affect Employment in Mexico?", (Feliciano, 1998), and “Hurricane Maria’s Impact on Puerto Rico’s Labor Market: Establishment Closings, Job Losses and Wages,” (forthcoming).

A new focus of her research has been the impact of the elimination of tax exemptions for U.S. corporations in Puerto Rico on employment and location of manufacturing firms, which is the subject of her paper “IRS Section 936 and the Decline of Puerto Rico’s Manufacturing,” (Feliciano, 2018) and work in progress “Intangible Assets, Corporate Taxes and the Relocation of Pharmaceutical Establishments: The case of Puerto Rico” (Chen and Feliciano).
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