Elira Kuka

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Southern Methodist University

Elira Kuka is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at SMU. Her 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. She received her PhD in economics from the University of California at Davis.