Mónika López-Anuarbe

Mónika López-Anuarbe

Associate Professor of Economics
Co-Chair of the Department of Economics

Joined Connecticut College: 2006

B.A., M.A., University of Costa Rica
Ph.D., University of Connecticut


Health economics and health equity

Economics of aging

Economics of caregiving

Intergenerational transfers

Game theory

As a health and inequality economist specializing in aging, caregiving, equity and health-care disparities, these interests frame Mónika López-Anuarbe’s teaching, research and service at Connecticut College.

Professor López, or "Coach" as her students call her, teaches students how to address issues of access, costs and quality of healthcare for different populations, and how strategic behavior among individuals, firms and other economic agents affects those interdependent relationships. Keenly aware of how inequalities operate, she also uses her teaching and advising to minimize them. In class and in office hours, she constantly mentors and advises her students, working to diminish inequities of information, academic background, socioeconomic disadvantage, under-representation, and cultural unfamiliarity.

Mónika works on meaningful projects for our communities at the national and local level, usually on behalf of those who do not have a voice, using large datasets for national, regional and local studies impacting public policy in healthcare, aging, caregiving, disparities, equity, and intergenerational transfers affecting vulnerable populations.She also utilizes qualitative tools such as focus groups to deeply and humbly understand her respondents.  For example, Mónika was part of the Connecticut  COVID-19 and Long-Term  Economics Recovery taskforce in charge of implementing the COVID-19 vaccine and reaching out to vulnerable populations She enjoys working individually and collaboratively with colleagues from multiple disciplines. In these types of projects, she combines her teaching, research, and service skills such that the frontiers of these three areas blur. She thoroughly enjoys this work and looks forward to devoting many more years to her profession and to Connecticut College.

López-Anuarbe is the recipient of the 2017 Helen Mulvey Faculty Award for Fostering Student Achievement, the current Public Health pathway coordinator  https://www.conncoll.edu/academics/degree-requirements/connections/public-health/, and co-chair of the Economics Department. Visit the economics department website.

Monika Lopez Anuarbe Curriculum Vitae

I want the students to learn economics by having fun and by relating to this field. Any issue has an economic approach. Why not learn how to make decisions considering economics?

Mónika López-Anuarbe

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Mailing Address

Mónika López-Anuarbe
Connecticut College
Box # ECONOMICS/Winthrop Hall
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


102 Winthrop Hall