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Dr. Kristina Lybecker

Associate Professor of Economics at Colorado College

Dr. Kristina M. Lybecker is an Associate Professor of Economics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, where she is also the Associate Chair of the Department of Economics and Business and the Gerald L. Schlessman Professor of Economics.

Dr. Lybecker earned a B.A. in Economics and Latin American Studies from Macalester College and received her Ph.D. in Economics in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. Her Dissertation was on “Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: Product Piracy and the Transition to Stronger Intellectual Property Rights in Developing Countries.”

Dr. Lybecker’s research analyzes the difficulties of strengthening intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, specifically special problems facing the pharmaceutical industry. She has testified numerous times on the economics of the importation of Canadian drugs and the risks of pharmaceutical counterfeiting. Dr. Lybecker has also worked with US Food and Drug Administration, PhRMA, and the World Bank, on a variety of issues relating to the economics of innovation and international trade policies.