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Mary Lopez

Occidental College

Fellowship year

2024 - Occidental College - Study 12

During her time at CASBS, Mary Lopez will be working on a new introductory economics textbook Understanding the Economy (UTE) as part of the Center’s enCOREage project. UTE builds on the work that CORE has already done with The Economy and Economy, Society, and Public Policy. The new textbook aims to incorporate topics that address societal problems that are of interest to underrepresented students such as climate change, the racial wealth gap, economic inequality, and migration. It emphasizes belonging and a growth mindset which are lacking in most introductory economics textbooks. 

Lopez specializes in immigration and immigration policy, Latino entrepreneurship, and economic inequality. She is a professor in the department of economics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She is also a policy expert at the UCLA Latino Policy and Politics Initiative. Lopez is a member of the American Society for Hispanic Economists, the American Economic Association, and is a board member on the Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession. She is the CORE-CASBS fellow for 2023-24, under a partnership with Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics, an open-access economics project governed by CORE Econ with a mission to reform the teaching of economics. 

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