Joan B. Anderson

Professor Emerita of Economics
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  • Ph.D. University of San Diego, Economics
  • M.A. Stanford University, Economics
  • B.A. San Diego State University, Economics
Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

  • Living with La Linea: Economic Development in the US and Mexican Border Regions since 1950, University of Texas Press
  • Borders, Border Regions and Economic Integration: One World, Ready or Not, Journal of Borderland Studies
  • A Human Development Index for the United States-Mexico Border, Journal of Borderland Studies
  • The US-Mexico Border: A Half Century of Change, The Social Science Journal
  • Trends in Quality of Life Indicators in the US and Mexican Border Regions, Cooperation, Environment, and Sustainability in Border Regions


Joan Anderson received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. Her research areas of specialization are economic development of Latin America and applied econometrics. Her publications include a large number of journal articles and two books, Economic Policy Alternatives for the Latin American Crisis (1990) and Schooling for Success (1999), co-edited with Laura Randall. She is currently co-authoring a book on Fifty Years of Change along the U.S.-Mexico Border. Recent journal articles include: â��Improving Learning in Latin American Public Primary Schools: Which Interventions have been Effective? â�� Comparative Education Review, May, 2005 and â��A Human Development Index for the United States-Mexico Borderâ�� Journal of Borderlands Studies, Spring 2005. She was the co-editor of the Journal of Borderlands Studies from 1995-2000. She has been awarded two Fulbrights to Latin America and received grants from the Ford and Tinker foundations as co-director on a research project for improving…


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