1993, Central America University, B.A.
1998, Technological Institute of Mexico, M.A.
2002, Claremont Graduate University, M.A.
2005, Claremont Graduate University, Ph.D.
Courses TaughtPrinciples of Macroeconomics
Economics of Organizations
Career SpecialtiesEconomic growth and development, international trade, experimental economics
Professional and Community Activities:
Karla Borja is currently exploring economic development issues in the region of Latin America. Her most recent empirical research is related to the concepts of migration, remittances and the factors driving international capital flows to Latin America. Her research contributes to the understanding of economic and social channels linking developed and developing nations. She has published in the American Economic Review.
"The Impact of the US Recession on Immigrant Remittances in Central America", Journal of International Commerce, Economics and Policy, Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2012); "What Drives Remittances to Latin America? A Review of the Literature", International Journal of Business and Social Science, Vol. 3, Issue 17 (2012); "Testosterone Administration Decreases Generosity in the Ultimatum Game," in PLoS One Scientific and Medical Research Vol. 4, Issue 12, co-authors: P. Zak et al. (2009); "The Neuroeconomics of Distrust: Sex Differences in Behavior and Physiology", American Economic Review, Vol. 95, Issue 2, co-author: P. Zak, R. Kurzban, and W. Metzner (2005); "The IMF and the Relevance of the SDDS: An Application of the Principal-Agent Model", Economic Bulletin of the Central Bank of El Salvador (1999); "The Effects of Foreign Direct Investment on Economic Growth: The Case for Central America", Economic Bulletin of the Central Bank of El Salvador (1999). "The Impact of Home and Host Country Business Cycles on Remittances: The Case of El Salvador", Latin America Journal of Economics (submitted January 2012).
Conference presentations include:
"The Impact of the U.S. and El Salvador Business Cycles on Remittances," at the Midwest Economics Association, St Louis (2011); "Trade and Economic Growth: The Role of Trade Policy Instability," at the American Economic Association - ASSA Program (2007); presentations at the Annual Allied Social Sciences Association Meeting (2005); International Studies Association West (2004); Central Bank of El Salvador Monthly Technical Conference (2004); Western Economics Association International (2004); Humane Studies Research Colloquium, Institute for Humane Studies (2004).
Honors and AwardsRecipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to study toward a doctorate in economics (2000)