Rivera-Batiz Appointed New Director at SIPA

Francisco L. Rivera-Batiz has been appointed director of the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at the School of International and Public Affairs.

Rivera-Batiz, who is also an associate professor of economics, began his tenure as PEPM director in January, after an intensive international search was completed.

PEPM seeks to impart the skills required for the effective design and implementation of economic policy in market economies, with a strong emphasis on the economic problems of developing and formerly socialist economies.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded the degree of Master of International Affairs from SIPA. The program is a collaboration of Columbia with the World Bank, which provides fellowships to 25 students.

Rivera-Batiz, 41, received his B.A. from Cornell in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 1979. He has previously held teaching or research positions at the University of Chicago, the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers and other institutions. He has received postdoctoral fellowships from the Ford Foundation in 1982-83 and Educational Testing Service in 1988-89.

Rivera-Batiz is also on the Teachers College faculty, where he has been associate professor of economics and education since 1991. Until December of last year, he was also director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education at TC.

Rivera-Batiz has authored or co-authored five books and over 40 articles in the areas of international economics, economic development and the economics of education. An expert on immigration policy, his publications in this field include the co-edited book, U.S. Immigration Policy Reform in the 1980s: A Preliminary Assessment, published by Praeger Publishers in 1991.

He has also done research on the effects of currency devaluation, capital flight, and stabilization policies. The second edition of his textbook, International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics, co-authored with his brother, Luis (also an economist), was published by Prentice Hall in 1994.

A native of Puerto Rico, Rivera-Batiz specializes in Latin American economies. His co-authored book Between Two Worlds: The Puerto Rican Economy Facing the 1990s, is to be published later this year by the Russell Sage Foundation. He is presently completing the book manuscript The Political Economy of Mexico under contract with Princeton University Press.

His co-authored book, Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Changing Reality, published in 1994, served as the theme for the annual conference of the National Puerto Rican Coalition in Washington, D.C., in 1994.

His co-authored monograph, Dominican New Yorkers: A Socioeconomic Profile, represents a recent, comprehensive analysis of the economic situation of Dominicans in New York; it was commissioned and published last year by the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute. He is on the editorial board of the Latino Review of Books.

He recently served as an advisor to the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Board of Education of New York City on policies to foster educational improvement.

Columbia University Record -- April 19, 1996 -- Vol. 21, No. 24