Kurt Birson, economics researcher at Centro, received his Master's in Economics from the New School for Social Research in January of 2012, and holds a dual BA in International Political Economy and in Latino Studies from Fordham University. His focus is on economic development and he has researched issues of poverty, inequality, labor and migration. Birson has authored several articles, brief reports and book chapters for Centro on a broad range of subjects affecting Puerto Ricans and Latinos in the United States, including the impact of the Great Recession, the socio-economic characteristics of Puerto Rican migrants and the non-financial asset wealth of Latinos and non-Latinos in the United States. He has written for the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) and contributed to articles featured in Puerto Rico’s daily newspaper El Nuevo Dia. Birson is currently working with a new survey commissioned by Centro that examines employment attitudes and economic mobility of diverse racial and ethnic groups in the United States in the wake of the Great Recession.
September 23, 2010. Mexico: Abuses Against U.S. Bound Migrant Workers.NACLA. https://nacla.org/node/6753
Birson, Kurt. 2013. Puerto Rican Migration in the 21st century: Is There a Brain Drain? In Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millenium. New York: Centro Press.
Birson, Kurt and Edwin Meléndez. 2013. The Economic Impact of the Great Recession on Puerto Ricans in the United States. In Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millenium. New York: Centro Press
Birson, Kurt, Borges, Ramon, and Kofi Ampaabeng. 2013. The Asset Profile of Puerto Ricans and Latinos after the Great Recession: 2008-2010. In Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millenium. New York: Centro Press
Meléndez, Edwin, Visser, Anne M., and Kurt Birson. 2013. School, Work, and the Transition of Puerto Rican Youth to Adulthood. In Puerto Ricans at the Dawn of the New Millenium. New York: Centro Press
Segura, Raul and Kurt Birson .2013. The Human Development Index: How do Puerto Ricans Measure Up?. In The State of Puerto Ricans 2013. New York: Centro Press.
Martínez-Hernández, Francisco and Kurt Birson. Forthcoming 2014. Economic Growth and the Balance of Payment Constraint on Central America and the Dominican Republic, 1950-2008: the role of remittances and the terms of trade.