beverly barrett

Beverly Barrett

Assistant Professor of International Economics, University of St. Thomas - Houston
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About Beverly

Barrett's research focuses on institutional change and public policy including regional integration, international trade, governance, and education policy. Barrett has served as Visiting Faculty in International Business at UDLAP (Universidad de las Americas Puebla), a U.S.-accredited university in Puebla, Mexico.

In the News

Opinion: "Trade for Texas: Strength in North America ," Beverly Barrett, University of St. Thomas, 2019.
Opinion: "The Knowledge Economy and the Globalization of Higher Education," Beverly Barrett, University of St. Thomas, 2018.
Opinion: "Paris Points the Way Forward on International Environmental Policy," Beverly Barrett, Forbes, December 28, 2015.
Opinion: "Security after the Paris Attacks," Beverly Barrett, Houston Newsmakers NBC KPRC, November 22, 2015.
Quoted by Chris Tomlinson in "Asian Trade Agreement Offers Opportunities for Houston Business," Houston Chronicle, March 25, 2015.
Quoted by Andrew Schneider in "The End of Quantitative Easing," Houston Public Media: Business Focus, October 31, 2014.


"Introducing a Bilateral Research and Innovation Agenda: A Case Study on Mexico and the United States" (with Gustavo Gregorutti and Angeles Dominguez), in North-South University Research Partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by Gustavo Gregorutti and Nanette Svenson (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), 15-36.
"Domestic Institutions and Foreign Assistance in Haiti: Requisites for Economic Development" Development Policy Review 25 (2017).

Considers competing institutional and geographic explanations for economic development, and the institutional framework is dominant explaining the historically weak governance structure and the role of foreign assistance in development.  Reviews the post-colonial legacy of Haiti and its impact on economic development. Discusses the lack of an integral state resulting in weak institutions.

"U.S.-Mexico Academic Mobility: Trends, Challenges, and Opportunities," (with David Vassar), Mexico Center: Baker Institute for Public Policy, Rice University, Houston, Texas, August 2014.

Reveals trends in higher education policy between the U.S. and Mexico.  Show that limited communication, inadequate funding, and perceptions of insecurity in Mexico are significant barriers to overcome in order to increase academic mobility. 

"The Political Economy of Preferential Trade Agreements: Latin America and Beyond" (with Laura Gomez-Mera). Latin American Politics and Society 54, no. 1 (2012): 181-196.

Presents the resurgence of regionalism throughout the world in the early 1990s triggered an extensive body of research by economists and political scientists. Examines the relationship between think-tanks - which emphasize knowledge, ideas, and learning - and policy makers in countries in Latin America in particular.

"The Bologna Process and Europe 2020 Economic Growth Strategy," Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence, 2011; 2012; 2013.

Explains the political economy of the Bologna Process and the higher education reforms initiated in Europe at the beginning of the millennium as a series of papers.