The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Maria Sophia Aguirre – Professor of Economics

Aguirre

Dr. Maria Sophia Aguirre is an ordinary professor of economics who specializes in international finance and economic development. She teaches courses in the area of Macroeconomics, International Finance and Economic Development.
 
Dr. Aguirre earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Notre Dame, and joined the faculty of The Catholic University of America in 1994. She also has held appointments at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Professor Aguirre is an expert in the areas of exchange rates and economic integration, as well as on theories of population, resources, and family as it relates to economic development and growth. Her work has been published in numerous economic journals. She also is the author of Determinants of Economic Growth: The Case of Guatemala, and of several book chapters. Recognizing her contributions to the field, she has received several prestigious awards, she is a Fulbright Scholar, and has twice been selected for inclusion in Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
 
Dr. Aguirre’s work has been captured by media around the world. This includes, among others, NewsWeekly, La Nación, El Observador, National Review, CNM News, El Universal, The Voice Today, BBC News, PBS, La República, LaPrensaGráfica, PrensaLibre, Siglo21, El Periódico, Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Radio Samora, Guatevision, and the Meridian Magazine.
 
Dr. Aguirre has testified on issues related to population, family, and health before the U.S. Congress, the United Nations, and parliaments in Central America, Africa and Canada. She also has advised several U.S. congressmen and U.N. delegates on economic aspects of U.N. documents. She has also advised several governments on women's education, family policy, and health. Professor Aguirre was a presidential appointee to the U.S. Advisory Commission on Foreign Diplomacy. She is a member of the Commission on the Status of Women in the Professions, a working group of the American Economic Association. She also is actively involved with leadership programs for young women.

 

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Aguirre teaching

 

Research and Writing

Aguirre, Sophia Maria and Martha Cruz Zuniga, “Increasing Efficiency of Outcomes through Cooperation and Initiative: An Integral Approach to Randomized Field Experiments”, Dignity and Development, Paolo Carozza (ed.), University of Notre Dame Press, Forthcoming 2017.
Aguirre, Sophia Maria and Martha Cruz Zuniga, “Improving Reproductive Health through Participatory Incentives: Evidence from a Randomized Field Staged Experiment in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala”, Revista Espanola de Salud Publica, Forthcoming 2017.

Aguirre, Sophia Maria, "Value for Money and International Development: A Constructive Contribution", eValuation Matters Magazine, 3rd quarter, Independent Development Evaluation (IDEV) at the African Development Bank, Forthcoming 2016.

Aguirre, Sophia Maria, "Virtue Ethics and Global Development", in Handbook on Virtue Ethics and Globalization, Martin Schalg (ed), Springer, Forthcoming 2016.

Aguirre, Sophia Maria, Jonathan Harris, Andrea Vazquez and Lylian Peraza, " Impact Evaluation of the Introduction of Intel Learning Solutions /KUAA  in 5th and 6th High School Grades in Bolivia: Preliminary Results",  IED Report #11, School of Business and  Economics, The Catholic University of America, 2016.
Aguirre, Sophia Maria, Lauren Harper, and Samantha Hawkins,  “Family Structure’s Effects on Social Capital and Human Capital in Guatemala”, in Family and Sustainable Development, Montserrat Gas and Aixendri Rita Cavalloti (ed), Thomson Reuters, 2015.

Aguirre, Sophia Maria, Estefania Cohn and Marc Rugani, "An Impact Evaluation of The Red Nacional de Grupos Gestores in Guatemala: An Integral Approach",  IED Report #7, School of Business and  Economics, The Catholic University of America, 2015.
Aguirre, Sophia Maria and Andrea Vazquez, "An Impact Evaluation of APIB Cooperatives in  Guatemala: An Integral Approach",  IED Report #6, School of Business and Economics, The  Catholic University of America, 2015.

Aguirre, Maria Sophia and Cruz- Zuniga, Martha, Patricia Pintado, and Tien-Hao Lee, "An Impact Evaluation of Aprendamos Juntas in Guatemala: An Integral Approach",  IED Report #5, School of Business and  Economics, The Catholic University of America, 2014.

Maria Sophia Aguirre, " Socio-Economic Impact of the Work of the Home", in Care Professions  and Globalization, Ana Marta González and Craig Iffland (eds), Pelgrave- MacMillan, 2014.
 
Martha Cruz Zuniga and Maria Sophia Aguirre, “Impact Evaluation of FUNSEPA’s Program,”, IEDP Report #3, School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America, 2014.
Aguirre, Maria Sophia, Cruz- Zuniga, Martha and Papakosta, Eleni, "An Impact Evaluation of Enlace Guatemala: An Integral Approach",  IED Report #2, School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America, 2013.

Aguirre, Maria Sophia, "An Impact Evaluation of the Educational Program On Civic Values in Nqatoqi’", IED Report #1, School of Business and Economics, The Catholic University of America, 2013.

Aguirre, Maria Sophia and Reza Saidi, Family Structure and Wealth in the Muslim World, Doha International Institute for Family Studies and Development, Dubai, 2013.

Aguirre, Maria Sophia, “La Familia: Motor del Desarrollo Económico”, in Hacia la Responsabilidad Familiar Corporativa, Guia de Buenas Practicas, Centro Standard Bank CONFYE del IAE Business School, 2013.

Aguirre, Maria Sophia, “An Integral Approach to an Economic Perspective:  Consequences for Measuring Impact,” Journal of Market and Morality, 16:1, pp 53-67, 2013.

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Other Presentations and Interviews

Presented paper, “Suicidio Demográfico: El Impacto en la Sociedad y en el Desarrollo de un País”, Congreso Internacional de la Familia, Guatemala November 2016.

Presented, “Higher Education and Diplomacy in Action”, at Conference in Public Diplomacy and Higher Education, CSIS, March  2016.

Presented paper, “Providing Incentives through Participation: A Randomized Stage Field Experiments”, BID, February 2015.
Presented paper, “El Imapcto de la Familia en la Economia: Una Propuesta para El Desarrollo Sostenible”, Sustainable Development, CEFIN, Bolivia, July 2015.

Presented paper, “Measuring Impact of Economic Interventions: An Integral Approach”, Strengthening the Family for Sustainable Development”, Transatlantic Summit, United Nations, December 2014.

Presented paper, “The Impact of the Family on Economic Development”, General Assembly, Organization of American States, October 2014.

Presented paper, “An Integral Approach to Measuring Impact”, International Round Table Investing in Children: Braking the Cycle of Disadvantage, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, September 2014.

Presented paper, “Where to Look for Mexico´s Growth? Institutional, Human Capital, Investment and Technology Opportunities”, IPADE, Mexico, May 2014.

Presented  paper, “Where is the Zip Code of the Future?”, IPADE, Mexico, May 2014.

Presented Paper, “La Teoría del Género y el Relativismo”, Caranday, Guatemala, March 2014.

Presented paper, “El Papel de la Mujer en la Familia es Insustituible”, Convención Universitaria, Guatemala 2014

Prepsented paper, “Compatibilidad entre los Trabajos del Hogar  y el Trabajo Profesional”, Convención Universitaria, Guatemala 2014

Presented paper, “La Familia, Paradigma del Cambio Social”, Centro Conciliación Familia y Empresa del IAE, Universidad Austral, Buenos Aires, June 2013.

Presented paper, “Improving Savings through Companionship: Evidence from a Randomized Experiment with an Integral Approach in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala”, Southern Economic Association Conference, Washington, DC November, 2016.
Presented Paper, “Driving Africa’s Transformation: A Participatory Path Proposal”, Key Note Speaker, AfDB Development Evaluation Week 2016, November 2016.

Presented Paper, “Impact Evaluation: An Integral Approach”, Key Note Speaker, AfDB Development Evaluation Workshop, November 2016.

Presented Paper, “Inequality and Growth: Exploring a Relational Dimension”, Fifth Colloquium on Christian Humanism in Society and Business: Poverty, Injustice, and Inequality, Berlin, October 2016

Presented paper, “Achieving Sustainable Development, An Integral Approach to an Economic Perspective”, Conference on Human Dignity, Kellogg Institute, Notre Dame University, October 2015.

Presented paper, “Providing Incentives through Participation: A Randomized Stage Field Experiments”, BID, February 2015.

Presented paper, “El Impacto de la Familia en la Economía: Una Propuesta para El Desarrollo Sostenible”, Inaugural Academic Year Lecture, Universidad de los Andes, Chile, April 2015.

Paper presented, “Family Structure’s Effects on Social Capital and Human Capital in Guatemala”, Family and Sustainable Development, Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, September 2014.
 

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In Her Words ...

Today there is a great need to accomplish sustainable economic development through an integral approach. This approach seeks to strengthen the civil and social institutions involved, maintaining an integral view of the person in society and, consequently, a focus on the economic agent’s decision process acknowledging him/her in a holistic manner and in his/her social dimension.– Maria Sophia Aguirre

 

Contact

Office: 309 McMahon Hall
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20064

Phone: 202-319-4957

E-mail: aguirre@cua.edu

 

Courses

  • ECON 103 – Honors Macroeconomics
  • HSSS 102 – Great Ideas in Social Science
  • ECON 241 – Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 481 – International Finance
  • ECON 484 – Economics & Finance in Emerging Markets
  • IEDM/IEDP 540 – Integral Economic Development
  • IEDM/IEDP 543 – Applied Econometrics
     

Education

Ph.D. and M.A., Economics
University of Notre Dame

Certified Public Accountant
Argentine Catholic University Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires

M.B.A.
Argentine Catholic University Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires

B.A., Business and Accounting
Argentine Catholic University Santa Maria de los Buenos Aires

 

Areas of Expertise

  • International Finance
  • Economic Integration
  • Population, Family, and Development

 

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