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Alí R. Bustamante, Ph.D.

Labor Economics/Policy Expert and Problem Solver

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About Me

Driving a fair and just economy forward

Professional experience includes serving as deputy director of the Roosevelt Institute's Worker Power and Economic Security program, chief economist at the Louisiana Workforce Commission (Department of Labor), senior research associate for the Southern Economic Advancement Project (SEAP), principal at Impact Econ Research, and as a senior research affiliate with the Research Institute on Social and Economic Policy (RISEP) at Florida International University.

I have served as faculty at the University of New Orleans Department of Economics and Finance, the Florida International University Green School of International and Public Affairs Department of Economics and the Center for Labor Research and Studies, the Loyola University New Orleans Jesuit Social Research Institute, and at the Miami Dade College School of Business.

My work addresses the labor market implications of government policy with particular focus on expanding traditional employment and workforce development models to include the importance of equity and self-determination.  Recent work analyzes how federal policy can empower communities to achieve labor markets that maximize economic and social value. Additionally, I research empirical puzzles regarding wage stagnation and the decline of labor protections. I contend that wages have stagnated and labor protections eroded in the 21st Century because of the expansion of labor-market fissure and the suppression of labor groups.

My research and analysis has been featured on The New York Times, USA Today, NPR, CNN, Forbes, Barron's, Christian Science Monitor, Charities USA, Miami Herald, and other media outlets.

Contact Me

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments about my research or if you are interested in collaborating. Additionally, information regarding my consulting services can be found at Impact Econ Research Inc.

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