Maria Floro

Department of Economics

  • Maria Sagrario Floro dissertation was published into a book (co-authored) entitled Informal Rural Credit Markets and the New Institutional Economics: The Case of Philippine Agriculture (1991). From the time she was in college, she has been interested in economic problems and concerns of vulnerable groups, especially women, small farmers and urban poor, in developing countries.

    Her interest on well-being and women's unpaid work has led her to examine time use surveys. In 1997, she spent her sabbatical at the University of Sydney to work on the measurement and determinants of overlapping activities using the 1992 national Australian time use survey. She also explored the dimensions of paid and unpaid work among women and the effects on their well-being. In 2006, she collaborated in a research project exploring the links between social networks, underemployment and unemployment using the national South African time use data.
  • Degrees

    PhD, Stanford University,
    MA, Monash University, Australia
    BA, University of the Philippines

  • CAS - Economics
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Partnerships & Affiliations

  • Feminist Economics

    Associate editor

  • New Graduate Program on Gender Analysis of Economics


  • Gender Working Group of the Economics Department


  • International Working Group on Gender



    Member, Board member and currently is the Vice President of Developmemt


  • Fall 2014

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Professional Services

  • Professor Floro has worked in various capacities (adviser, economist, and trainer) with grassroots organizations, government ministries, women’s groups and knowledge networks, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, and other international agencies.
  • The interrelation of women's well-being and economic development was the main theme of the 1997 Philippine Human Development Report of which she served as contributor and a reviewer.
  • She has worked with the United Nations Statistical Division in the late 1990s to help improve data collection and statistics on unpaid work and home-based work. She also had the opportunity to understand the dynamics of gender and macroeconomics (particularly finance and investment) while organizing sessions for the 1995 Beijing Conference, Senior Women leaders’ conference during the 1996 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and serving as gender adviser for the Preparatory Committee Meetings and the International Conference on Financing for Development in 2001.
  • These experiences gave her deep insights on the issues of globalization which she explored analytically in several papers and articles.  
  • In addition, she has worked with research institutions and community organizations in Latin America and Asia on collaborative research projects and training courses. She has been a member of the International Working Group on Gender, Macroeconomics and International Economics and was an instructor in the summer intensive course program offered at University of Utah.