The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Maria Figueroa-Armijos – Professorial Lecturer, Economics

 

AbelaDr. Figueroa-Armijos is Professorial Lecturer in Economics at CUA’s Busch School of Business and Economics, specializing in entrepreneurship and regional economic development. Professor Figueroa-Armijos is also Senior Fellow in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and Adjunct Professorial Lecturer in the Kogod School of Business and School of International Service (SIS) at American University. Prior to joining CUA, Professor Figueroa-Armijos was Professor of Practice in the College of Business and Economics and Director of the Office of Fellowship Advising, under the Deputy Provost for Academic Affairs, at Lehigh University.

Dr. Figueroa-Armijos’ academic interests lie at the intersection of entrepreneurship, economics, and public policy. Current projects include work in regional economic policy, regional innovation, environmental entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, crowdfunding, and the rural economy. Her research has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Development, and Entrepreneurship Research Journal, and has been presented at national and international conferences. 

Professor Figueroa-Armijos’ field research has included projects with SANREM CRSP/USAID in Bolivia, Peru, and Ecuador; and with USDA’s Rural Development Division, USDA ERS, the department of Homeland Security, the department of Education, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) in the U.S.

Maria holds a bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Development from EARTH University in Costa Rica, and a MSc in Applied Economics (Minor in International Development) and PhD in Public Policy from the University of Missouri.

Research and Writing

Refereed Publications
Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. (2016). Sustainable innovation in the Bolivian Highlands: Building upon native social institutions and natural resources to cope with climate and market variability. Innovation and Development, Forthcoming (Dec).

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2016). Entrepreneurship policy and economic growth, solution or delusion? Evidence from a state initiative. Small Business Economics, 47(4), 1033-1047. DOI: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11187-016-9750-9

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2013). Entrepreneurship in rural America across typologies, gender and motivation. Journal of Developmental Entrepreneurship, 18(2). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S1084946713500143

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Brian Dabson, & Thomas G. Johnson. (2012). Rural entrepreneurship in a time of recession. Entrepreneurship Research Journal, 2(1). DOI: 10.2202/2157-5665.1044

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Irene Alvarado & James French. (2005). Description and analysis of the transformation of the horticulture supply system in the supermarket sector of Costa Rica,” Tierra Tropical: Sostenibilidad, Ambiente y Sociedad, 1(1).

Working Papers
Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Thomas G. Johnson, & John P. Berns. Institutions and the Financing of Entrepreneurial Ventures: The Role of Entrepreneurship Policy and Public Start-Up Capital. Revise and Resubmit.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. Entrepreneurship as a livelihood strategy among Latinos in new settlement communities in the U.S. Revise and Resubmit.

John P. Berns, Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Serge P. da Motta Veiga, & Timothy Dunne. The dynamics of online social crowdfunding: Drivers and outcomes of entrepreneurial success. Under Review.
 
Book Chapters
Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne Valdivia. (2012). Market access and resilience in the Bolivian Highlands (In Spanish). In Elizabeth Jimenez (Ed.), Adaptation and Climate Change in the Bolivian Highlands. La Paz, Bolivia: CIDES-UMSA.

Conference Presentations
John P. Berns, Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Serge P. da Motta Veiga, and Timothy Dunne. (2016). Crowdfunding from the heart? Unraveling the drivers and outcomes of globally crowdfunded entrepreneurship. Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Minneapolis, MN.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2015). What drives environmental entrepreneurship? The role of informal institutions in the sustainable regional economy,” Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Portland, OR.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Thomas G. Johnson, & John P. Berns. (2015). Institutions and the Financing of Entrepreneurial Ventures: The Role of Entrepreneurship Policy and Public Start-Up Capital,” Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

John P. Berns, Timothy Dunne, Maria Figueroa-Armijos, & Serge P. da Motta Veiga. (2015). Funding from the head or the heart: An examination of entrepreneurial crowdfunding lending. Academy of Management Conference, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2014). Sustaining regional innovation: Start-up and expansion capital in family businesses. Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) Conference, San Antonio, TX.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2013). The additionality of public start-up capital on U.S. entrepreneurial performance,” Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Atlanta, GA.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Corinne B. Valdivia, & Katherine Higgins. (2013). Latino entrepreneurship in three new settlement communities in the Midwest: A comparative study. Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) Conference, Washington DC, April 2013 and Cambio de Colores Conference, St Louis, MO.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2012). Optimizing public spending in an age of scarcity: Tax credit policy and economic development in Missouri. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Conference, Baltimore, MD.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2012). Toward a sustainable economy: A system dynamics model of entrepreneurship and regional wealth. Academy of Management Conference, Boston, MA.  

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2012). The effect of US renewable energy policy on regional entrepreneurial outcomes and economic growth. International Symposium on Society and Resource Management, Edmonton, AB, Canada.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Brian Dabson, & Thomas G. Johnson. (2011). Rural entrepreneurship in a time of recession. Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Miami, FL.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Thomas G. Johnson, & Brian Dabson. (2011). Entrepreneurship policy and tax credits: Does it matter for Kansas counties. Rural Wealth Creation and Livelihoods Conference, Washington, DC.  

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Thomas G. Johnson. (2011). Women entrepreneurship in rural America: Necessity and opportunity from a three rural typology comparison. 7th Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC), Washington, DC.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2011). Necessity and opportunity entrepreneurship in America: A study on gender, rurality, and unemployment. 50th Southern Regional Science Association (SRSA) Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos, Thomas G. Johnson, & Brian Dabson. (2010). The effect of entrepreneurship policy on economic growth: Network Kansas. Annual Meeting of the North American Regional Science Council (NARSC) and Regional Science Association International (RSAI), Denver, CO.

Maria Figueroa-Armijos & Corinne B. Valdivia. (2008). Strategies to develop market access that contribute to resilience in the Bolivian Highlands, Case study: PMCA and BAP for Chuño and Tunta. American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Irene Alvarado & Maria Figueroa-Armijos. (2004). Education and its effect in the development of the entrepreneurial profile in youth from agricultural sectors: Case study,” VII International Entrepreneurship Conference, Entrepreneurship Center, Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios (ESEN), El Salvador.
    

Invited Presentations
USDA Economic Research Service, USA 2016
ULB - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Belgium 2016
KU Leuven - Research Center for Globalization, Innovation, and Competition, Belgium 2016
School of Business, George Mason University, USA 2015
Sawyer School of Business, Suffolk University, USA 2013
School of Public Affairs, City University of New York Baruch College, USA 2013


In Her Words ...

To generate sustainable economic development, entrepreneurship policy choices must go hand in hand with the nurturing of virtuous leaders who can responsibly respond to the socio-economic needs and environmental challenges of our global economy.–Maria Figueroa-Armijos
 

Contact

Office: 309 McMahon Hall
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064
Email: figueroaarmijos@cua.edu
Web: www.figueroa-armijos.weebly.com

Courses

  • MEcon 102 – Microeconomics
  • Econ 101 – Macroeconomics

Education

PhD Public Policy, University of Missouri
 

MSc Applied Economics (Minor in International Development), University of Missouri
 

BSc (Hons.) Sustainable Development, EARTH University, Costa Rica

 

Areas of Expertise

Entrepreneurship
Economic Development
Corporate Social Responsibility
Crowdfunding

>Curriculum Vitae