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Management professor awarded top prize from the Canadian Development Economics Study Group

Marco Gonzalez-Navarro is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with cross-appointments to the Department of Economics and the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources.

UTSC Department of Management Assistant Professor Marco Gonzalez-Navarro is the 2015 recipient of the Albert Berry Prize for his paper Retail Globalization and Household Welfare: Evidence from Mexico.

Food retail operations in developing countries are experiencing radical transformation as they move from traditional to modern retail environments. Gonzalez-Navarro analyzed this phenomenon in Mexico and found the most important impacts on local welfare come from a reduction in the cost of living, and not from loss of income or jobs, as policymakers sometimes fear when deciding whether or not foreign retailers should enter the market.

“This prize is a great encouragement for junior scholars and provides very valuable visibility to new working papers,” said Gonzalez-Navarro. The prize, named after U of T Professor Emeritus and renowned development economist Albert Berry, is awarded annually to the best paper submitted to the CDESG by a graduate student or new scholar in development economics. Berry was also one of the founders of UTSC’s International Development Studies program. The annual Albert Berry Lecture, launched by the program in 2013, takes place at UTSC next week on October 21.

Gonzalez-Navarro will also have a paper published this month in the prestigious American Economic Review, examining the effects of issuing land ownership certificates on migration in rural Mexico. 

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