Anita Pena, PhD.



Professor (courtesy)

Colorado School of Public Health

Fields of Expertise

Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Policy, Statistics

Areas of Interest

Applied microeconomics


Dr. Anita Alves Pena is a Professor of Economics at Colorado State University. Her research interests are in public sector economics, labor economics, and economic development and her current research relates to undocumented and documented immigration, public policy, poverty, education/skill, and agricultural labor markets. She has a new interest in water, particularly in individual assess and use in the developing world. Dr. Pena received her Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 2007, M.A. in Economics from Stanford University in 2004, and B.A. in Economics from the Johns Hopkins University in 2001. She teaches Microeconomic Theory, Public Economics, and Microeconomics of Development at the graduate level, as well as undergraduate Principles of Microeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Introduction to Econometrics, Economics of Public Finance, and a Senior Seminar on Local Economic Policy/Cost-Benefit Analysis.