SMU Economics Faculty Directory


Elira Kuka

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of California-Davis
Umphrey Lee 301U

Elira Kuka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at SMU since 2015. She received an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, MA, and her  PhD in economics from the University of California at Davis in 2015. Professor Kuka’s research focuses on understanding how government policy affects individual behavior and wellbeing, the extent to which it provides social insurance during times of need, and its effectiveness in alleviation of poverty and inequality. Her current research topics include the potential benefits of the Unemployment Insurance (UI) program, the protective power of the U.S. safety net during recessions and various issues in academic achievement.

Research Interests

Public Finance, Labor Economics, Economics of Education, Health Economics

Courses Taught

Public Finance

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