Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. Vizcarra came to the University of Vermont in 2003. She received a B.A. in economics and the equivalent of a J.D. degree in law (egresada de licentiatura) from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and completed her Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2001. Her current research agenda focuses on the role of natural resources and institutions in Latin American economic development.


Selected Publications


  • "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.

Journal Articles


Work in Progress

  • Book manuscript “Managing Money on the Periphery of Empire. Resource Endowments, Institutions, and Monetary Outcomes in the Americas, 1600-1800” (with Jane Knodell); under contract with Columbia University Press.
  • “Resource Abundance, Technological Change, and Commodity Money in Colonial Peru, 1570-1800.”
Catalina with her hand on her cheek, in a book lined office

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


  • 802-656-0694
Office Location:

Old Mill Room 342

Office Hours:

Fall 2022: Tuesday and Thursday 1:30 to 2:30 in person and by appointment