IE Business School (ES)
Gayle Allard, a native of California, is a full professor of Economics at the IE Business School in Madrid. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis as well as a Masters in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.A. in Hispanic Studies from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Gayle´s research interests center on the role of institutions in economic success, and she is widely quoted in the international press on how rigid labor markets affect employment and unemployment in developed countries, especially Spain. She also researches how corruption, governance, labor market legislation and other institutional factors affect FDI flows and economic success in general in developing countries. Some of her most recent publications are on the special characteristics of Chinese FDI in Africa, the science and technology capabilities of African countries, and the occupational segregation of immigrants working in European countries. A full listing of her publications is available on her IE web page: www.gayle.allard.profesores.ie.edu. Gayle has lived abroad since the 1980s, mainly in Spain, and has traveled widely, including on two previous voyages of Semester at Sea (fall 2006 and fall 2010). She is bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks Italian and Portuguese as well. She has five children who are currently living on three different continents.