Neil G. Ruiz

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Executive Director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052


Neil G. Ruiz, PhD, is currently the Executive Director of the Center for Law, Economics, and Finance at The George Washington University Law School. He is an expert on the political economy of the global race for talent, skills, and labor. His work intersects policy issues on international migration, education, innovation, and economic development in the United States and developing economies. His published studies on how to leverage migration for economic success have been used by governments in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States. His work has been widely cited in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, CNN, and TIME. Mr. Ruiz was previously a think tank scholar at The Brookings Institution, an international migration specialist at The World Bank, a consultant for the Asian Development Bank, and teaching fellow at Harvard University. Mr. Ruiz was also a social entrepreneur that founded and led the Philippine Emerging Startups Open, the first national business plan competition in the Philippines, which empowered nearly 5,000 technology entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into business ventures. Mr. Ruiz received a PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an MSc in Economic History from Oxford University, and a BA in Political Science with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California, Berkeley.

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PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MSc, Oxford University; BA, University of California, Berkeley


  • Geography of Foreign Students in U.S. Higher Education: Origins and Destinations” (Brookings, 2014) 
  • “H-1B Visas and the STEM Shortage” (Brookings, 2013) 
  •  “The Search for Skills: Demand for H-1B Immigrant Workers in U.S. Metropolitan Areas” (Brookings, 2012) 
  •  “Managing Migration: Lessons from the Philippines” (World Bank, 2008) 
  • “Protecting Temporary Workers: Migrant Welfare Funds” (World Bank, 2008) 
  • “Protecting Overseas Workers: Lessons and Cautions from the Philippines” (Migration Policy Institute, 2007)
  • An Economic Development Agenda for Nevada (Brookings, 2011) 
  • Moving Tennessee's Automotive Sector Up the Value Chain (Brookings, 2013)

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