St. Cloud State Today

Monica Garcia-Perez

Company: St. Cloud State University

Position: Professor, Economics

Areas of Expertise

  • Health Economics
  • Labor Economics
  • Immigration
  • Population and Demographic changes
  • General economic indicators

Publications & Accomplishments


  • 2020 American Society of Hispanic Economists
  • Co-Editor of the Amerian Journal of Health Economics – Special Health Equity Issue
  • Coordinator of ASHEcon Health Equity Workshop
  • Senior Research Faculty at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center for Social Equity at Duke University

Panel Presentations

  • Southern Economic Association 2019 Conference. Presenter in 3 sessions: Health and Wealth in the Hispanic Community; Exploring Neighborhood Effects and Socioeconomic Background in College Enrollment: A Longitudinal Analysis in St. Cloud, MN. With D. Guerrero and R. Johnson; Are we closing the Gaps? The Effect of Parental Status on Children of Immigrants Health Coverage after the ACA with J. Rubalcaba.
  • APPAM 2019 Conference Presenter in 1 session: Understanding the Effect of an Intervention Program on College Participation and Retention: Access and Opportunity Program in St. Cloud, Minnesota: A Longitudinal Analysis, with R. Johnson.
  • 2020 ASSSA Meetings, Presenter: Parallel Stories? The Case of Cuban and Venezuelan Migration after Political Regime Changes.
  • Grantees Working Group organized by the Washington Equitable Growth. Presenter: Working Paper Series for the Washington Center for Equitable Growth: Baltimore Study: Credit Scores. 
  • MinnState Chancellor Presentation. Presenter of the Analysis of the Access and Opportunity Program in Central Minnesota: Implications to Minnesota State Enrollment.
  • Research Grant Presentations of Inter-American Development Bank. Migration Unit. Presenter: Venezuelan Research Community Migration: Impacts and Public Policy Implications, with E. Diez, Y. Freites, L. Ordonez, J. Pineda, J. Requena, and S. Romero. 
  • Economic Series Speaker, organized by St. Olaf College, Department of Economics. Presenter: Latinos Health Changes and Wealth Accumulation.
  • The State of Latinx America. Speaker: Population and demographic trends with implications for economics, education, and health. October 14, 2020 organized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. r
  • Equitable Growth 2021: People and Research Advancing Economic Evidence. Presenter Virtual Conference. December 2020.
  • 2021 ASSA Meetings. Presenter: From Health to Wealth, and vice versa: The Impact of Health Shocks on Elderly Hispanics.
  • Guggenheim Partners Fireside Chats with Prof. Garcia-Perez. Speaker. Diversity Innovation Summit. February 2021.
  • NBER Summer Institute. Immigrants and the U.S. Economy Conference March 2021. Discussant.
  • SPEA-O’Neill School of Public Affairs 2021 SEPA Symposium “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Skills for Future Professionals”, organized by Students for Equity in Public Affairs (SEPA). April 16th , 2021. Presenter: Health and Wealth of Latinos in the U.S.
  • 2021 DITE- Research Conference, presenter and DITE Fellow organized by the Cook Center, Duke University. Presenter: Credit Scores and Incarceration History: The Color of Credit and Wealth.
  • Economics of Health Equity Interest Group: 1st Workshop, Panelist, organized by the American Society of Health Economists. October 2021. 
  • Economics Speaker Series, Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics. Speaker Immigrants, Latinos, and Health. Organized by St. Catherine University. 
  • 2021 SEA Conference. Presenter 3 papers: Local Labor Demand Factors and Immigrant Workers: Is the Effect of Minimum Wage on Disemployment Zero; Employment and Wealth Accumulation among Working Age Latinos (SEA President Session); Race, Risk, and Support for Public Policies during the COVID-19 Pandemic., with O. Ali (Duke University), W. A. Darity (Duke University), P. Beramendi, S. (Duke University), and Barber (Drexel University)

Media Appearances

  • Creation of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR).
  • Spanish Interview UNIVISION on COVID19 and its impact on the Latino Community.
  • Bloomberg’s article about the diversity at the Fed.
  • WSJ and the Morningstar article about the U.S. labor market, Latinos, and Immigration.
  • Luz Collective on Latinas and the economy.
  • The Indicator – Planet Money, NPR. “The Economic Effects of COVID on US Hispanics : Planet Money”.
  • NPR – News (also feature in Morning Edition), “The federal agency that measures racial diversity is led mostly by white people”. 
  • Univision 24/7 Crisis y Latinos. Live Interview.


Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland-College Park and an MSc in Economics from the University College London.


Monica García-Pérez is a Professor in the Department of Economics, School of Public Affairs, at St. Cloud State University and a Senior Fellow at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University.  Her research concentrates on health economics, immigration, labor economics, examining wealth inequality across race/ethnicity and the impact of health shocks.  She has published her research in journals such as DemographyAmerican Economic Review P&P, Journal of Economic Education, International Education Planning, Review of Black Political Economy, and Journal of Economics, Race, and Policy. She is the co-editor of the American Journal of Health Economics – Special Edition on Health Equity.


Prof. Garcia-Perez teaches several courses : Econometrics (undergraduate and graduate), Economics of Immigration, Economics of Health Disparities, Health Economics, Labor Economics. and Principles of Microeconomics. Prof. Garcia-Perez is passionate about mentoring  undergraduate and graduate students in internal and external national programs.


She was an influential member in the collaborative process between St. Cloud State and CentraCare System, a health care provider, to create the St. Cloud State Center for Health Outcome Policy Research (CHOPR). She has written several reports on the St. Cloud residents’ local opinions about health initiatives, immigration, and overall well-being . She actively works with U.S. Census Bureau sensitive administrative data. She is the 2020 past-President of the American Society of Hispanic Economists (ASHE), the Director of the Faculty Research Group of Immigrants in Minnesota, a Research Scholar at the Roy Wilkins Center, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and a Senior Research Associate at The Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity, Duke University, a selected participant of the Reinventing Our Communities (ROC) Program organized by the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia for Central Minnesota, and a past Co-Director of the St. Cloud State Survey Center. She also serves as a board member of the local non-profit research organization Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER).