Dr. Vizcarra came to the University of Vermont in 2003. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and the equivalent of a J.D. degree in law (egresada de licenciatura) from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, and completed her doctorate in economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. Her doctoral dissertation, "Markets and Hierarchies in Late Colonial Spanish America: The Royal Tobacco Monopoly in the Viceroyalty of Peru, 1752-1813," was selected in 2002 as one of the three finalists for the Economic History Association's Gerschenkron Prize for best dissertation in economic history on any area outside of North America.
Associate Professor of Economics
Research and/or Creative Works
Her current research agenda focuses on the role of natural resources and institutions in Latin American economic development. Before coming to the University of Vermont, she was assistant professor of history at the University of Calgary in Canada.
- Book: "Deuda y Compromisos Creibles en America Latina. El Endeudamiento Externo Peruano entre la Independencia y la Posguerra con Chile" (Debt and Credible Comitments in Latin America. Peruvian Sovereign Debt from Independence to the War of the Pacific). Banco central de Reserva del Peru and Instituto de Estudios Peruanos; Lima-Peru, 2017.
- "Military Conquest and Sovereign Debt: Chile, Peru and the London Bond Market, 1876-1890" (with Kirsten Wandschneider and Richard Sicotte). Cliometrica, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 293-319, October 2010.
- "War and Foreign Debt Settlement in Early Republican Spanish America." (with Richard Sicotte), Revista de Historia Economica (Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History), no. 2, Otono 2009, pp. 247-289, Ano XXVII.
- "Guano, Credible Commitments and Sovereign Debt Repayment in Nineteenth-Century Peru," The Journal of Economic History, vol. 69, no. 2, pp. 358-387, June 2009.
- "The Fiscal Impact of the War of the Pacific," (with Richard Sicotte and Kirsten Wandschneider), Cliometrica vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 97-121, June 2009.
- "Bourbon Instervention in the Peruvian Tobacco Industry, 1752-1813." Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 39, pp. 567-593, August 2007.
Working Papers and Work in Progress
- "Colonial Origins of Monetary Divergence in the Americas 1600-1900" (with Jane Knodell). work in progress
- "The Mexican American War and Institutional Change in Mexico." (with Richard Sicotte).
- "The Chilean Export Tax on Nitrates, 1880-1935." (with Richard Sicotte and Kirsten Wandschneider).
- "Trade Booms, Trade Busts and Sovereign Debt Repayment in Nineteenth-Century Spanish America."
Areas of Expertise and/or Research
Law and economics, institutional economics, development economics, and Latin American economic history.
- Ph.D., Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2001
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