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Valerie Lacarte is a Policy Analyst with MPI’s Human Services Initiative, where she contributes to research design and methodology, and conducts data analysis on access to public benefits for the most vulnerable immigrants, including refugees, asylum seekers, mixed-status families, and unauthorized individuals.
Prior to joining MPI, Dr. Lacarte was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research where she conducted empirical analysis on women’s economic security, including the gender wage gap, paid family leave, entrepreneurship, and public-health expenditures. Previously, she worked at the Organization of American States and the Inter-American Development Bank, where she gained expertise on regional integration and international trade.
Dr. Lacarte earned a BA in economics from Université du Québec à Montréal, an MA in economics from Université de Montréal, and a PhD in economics from American University. For her dissertation, she used a mixed-methods approach to study the integration of Caribbean immigrants into the U.S. labor market, and the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, and cultural gender norms.