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Mario A. Gonzalez-Corzo


Mario A. González-Corzo believes that economic models are an indispensable tool for teaching Finance. However, because the validity of all economic models depends on the thorough understanding of their underlying assumptions, students need to understand these assumptions to fully benefit from the insights provided by these models

González-Corzo conducts research and writes in peer-reviewed scholarly journals on various aspects of the Cuban economy and urban economic development.  His research interests and areas of specialization include Cuba’s post-Soviet economic developments; the role of remittances in the Cuban economy, Cuba’s banking sector and monetary reforms, and recent developments in the Cuban economy from a comparative perspective with other “transition” and “post-socialist economies.”  In addition, he specializes in urban economic studies and urban economic development, with a particular interest in transnational migrant communities and their economic contributions in their host countries and their countries of origin.

In the private sector, González-Corzo has provided consulting, strategic, and investment advice to global banks and insurance companies in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America, and has worked with institutional clients to manage their risk exposure in Latin America and other emerging markets throughout the world. His long career in the financial services industry includes senior roles and functions at major firms such as: MetLife, Inc., Pricewaterhouse Coopers, L.L.P., and JP Morgan Chase.

He also works as adjunct assistant professor at the Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM) at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.


  • Ph.D., Rutgers University
  • M.A., Rutgers University
  • B.A., Rutgers University