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Alejandro Gutierrez-Li

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics

Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist

Nelson Hall 4338


Alejandro Gutierrez-Li is an Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University. He is in charge of a new research and extension program related to agricultural labor in the US. Farmers all across the country have been experiencing problems getting enough workers in the fields, which is putting their livelihoods, the economies of rural communities, and the food security of the nation at risk. Dr. Gutierrez-Li’s work focuses on the study of the factors behind the decline in the supply of farmworkers, immigration, mechanization efforts, the H-2A visa program, and ways to recruit, train and retain agricultural workers. As a labor economist, he is also interested in entrepreneurship, workforce trends, and the outcomes of Hispanics in the US. He regularly interacts with stakeholders and reporters, and has been quoted by outlets like the Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and the Triangle Business Journal. Dr. Gutierrez-Li has lived and worked in different parts of Latin America and the United States, and is fluent in both English and Spanish.


Ph.D. Economics Washington University in St. Louis 2020

M.A. Economics Washington University in St. Louis 2016

M.A. Economic Theory ITAM, Mexico City

B.A. Economics University of Costa Rica


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