Susan Pozo

Western Michigan University, USA, and IZA, Germany

Since the behavior of remittances and of their impacts are often surprising and ever-changing, it is important to continually refresh ourselves with the state of knowledge in this area

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Professor of Economics, Western Michigan University, USA

Research interest

Determinants and economic impacts of workers' remittances, undocumented migration, returns to international human capital, empirical distribution of foreign exchange rates and measures of exchange risk, underground financial and economic activity

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Trustee, Ascension Michigan (July 2017–present)

Past positions

Director, Global and International Studies, Western Michigan University (2017–2021); Acting Director, Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies, Western Michigan University (2019–June 2020); Assistant Professor of Economics, Pennsylvania State University (1980–1982)


PhD Economics, Michigan State University, USA ,1980

Selected publications

  • “The puzzle of Latin American remittances during the coronavirus pandemic.” The Minority Report 15 (2023): 5–8.

  • “Refugee admissions and U.S. public safety: Are Refugee Settlement Areas More Prone to Crime?” International Migration Review 55:1 (2021): 135–165 (with C. Amuedo-Dorantes and C. Bansak).

  • The Human and Economic Implications of Twenty-First Century Immigration Policy (ed.). Kalamazoo, MI: W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2018.

  • “Does the U.S. labor market reward international experience?” American Economic Review 104:3 (2014): 250–254.

  • “Workers' remittances and the real exchange rate: A paradox of gifts." World Development 32:8 (2004): 1407–1417 (with C. Amuedo-Dorantes).