Darryl McLeod is an Associate Professor of Economics at Fordham University. His current research focuses on the political economy of falling inequality and poverty in Latin America and on the impact of immigration, remittances and financial innovation on poverty and women’s agency. As part of the Center for International Policy Studies Migration and Microfinance group, Professor McLeod co-directed a Packard Foundation funded survey of about 100 Mexican immigrants from from Puebla and Guerrero now living in New York. From 2007 to 2008 he worked as a consultant for UNDP’s Poverty Group and the Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR), serving as a consultant/writer on the Macroeconomic of Post Conflict Economic Recovery. At UNDP’s Poverty Group Dr. McLeod reviewed national poverty benchmarks for MDG 1 in Central America, Moldova and Bangladesh. He was a founding member and first Treasurer of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association. Dr. McLeod participated in IDB and the OAS missions and technical support programs in Mexico and Venezuela and with Lehman Brothers during the 1980s and 1990s financial crisis. His BS and PhD degrees are from the University of California at Berkeley.
Present Position: Chair of the Economics Department and Associate Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate at the Center for International Policy Studies (CIPS) Migration and Development Group.
August 2008 to August 2010: Co-PI, Fordham CIPS, UCLA-NAID, New York-Mexico Remittance Corridor Project, funded by the Packard Foundation with matching grants from IDB and IFAD part of a six city study of how transnational families earn and spend remittances.
June 2006 to December 2008: Economic Adviser/consultant, UNDP-BCPR Poverty Group and Crisis Prevention & Recovery, ILO-UNDP-DESA group that developed a unified UN employment policy.
October 1997-2001, Chief Economist for Latin America, Decision Economics and WEFA
Sept. 1994-2000 Treasurer and co-founder, Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association
May, 1984 to June 1985: Consultant to the World Bank, Economic Projections Department, International Trade and Capital Flows Division, Washington D.C.
September 1982 to June 1984: Post-Doctoral Fellow, NYU, Institute for Economic Analysis, Future of the World Economy Project, United Nations directed by Wasily Leontief.