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Deborah Watkins

Ph.D. candidate in economics, UC San Diego

Residency: September 2015 – May 2016

Research Project: North-South Trade Liberalization and Innovation: Evidence From NAFTA

Research Interests: global integration, Mexico-U.S. immigration, technology transfer and innovation


Deborah Watkins is a Mexican-born doctoral candidate in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego. Prior to starting her studies at UC San Diego, Watkins worked in economic consulting for Cornerstone Research. Her recent research explores the impact of the NAFTA tariff reductions on knowledge transfer and on the incentives for Mexican industries to innovate. She is also exploring the impact of remittances sent from the United States to Mexico on the the human capital accumulation of families in Mexico.

Past talk: “North-South Trade Liberalization and Innovation: Evidence from NAFTA,"Feb. 18, 2015