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Dr Maria Garcia-Alonso

Senior Lecturer in Economics

School of Economics, Keynes College, B2.12



Maria Garcia-Alonso is a Senior Lecturer in Economics. She was born in 1970 in Vigo (north west of Spain). After graduating in Economics at the University of Vigo, she moved to the University of Autonoma de Barcelona where she was awarded her PhD in 1998. She joined the University of Kent as a Lecturer in 1999.

Maria’s research applies the methodology found in Industrial Economics and Game Theory to the analysis of economic problems that capture her interest. Her topics of research include the study of the regulation of the arms trade, dual use goods export controls, conflict analysis, health markets and access to medical innovations in lower income countries. At present, Maria is working on the analysis of terrorism and also the strategic interaction of parental decisions as inputs in human capital development. Maria has published her research in journals such as International Journal of Industrial Organisation, Journal of Health Economics and Oxford Economic Papers.

Maria is the School's Director of Education and a member of the Strategic Management Team.

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Maria's publications can also be found on RePEc, Orcid and ResearchGate.

Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Garcia-Alonso, M., Levine, P. and Smith, R. (2016). Military aid, direct intervention and counterterrorism. European Journal of Political Economy [Online]. Available at:
Acharyya, R. and Garcia-Alonso, M. (2014). Universal access, parallel trade and incentives to innovate. Bulletin of Economic Research 66:S74-S91.
Acharyya, R. and Garcia-Alonso, M. (2012). Income based price subsidies and parallel imports. International Review of Economics and Finance [Online] 22:25-41. Available at:
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Acharyya, R. (2011). Parallel imports, drug innovation and international patent protection: a policy game. Journal of International Trade and Economic Development [Online] 21:865-894. Available at:
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Garcia-Marinoso, B. (2008). The strategic interaction between firms and formulary committees: effects on the prices of new drugs. Journal of Health Economics [Online] 27 Iss:377-404. Available at:
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Levine, P. (2008). Strategic procurement, openness and market structure. International Journal of Industrial Organization [Online] 26:1180-1190. Available at:
Acharyya, R. and Garcia-Alonso, M. (2008). Parallel imports, innovations and national welfare: The role of the sizes of the income classes and national markets for health care. Singapore Economic Review 53 No.:57-79.
Garcia-Alonso, M. et al. (2007). Determining the defence industrial base. Defence and Peace Economics [Online] 18:199-221. Available at:
Dunne, J. et al. (2006). Managing asymmetric conflict. Oxford Economic Papers 58:183-208.
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Acharyya, R. (2006). Self-interested international income redistribution and access to health care innovation. European Journal of Political Economy [Online] 22:322-336. Available at:
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Levine, P. (2005). Arms export controls, subsidies and the WTO exemption. Scottish Journal of Political Economy [Online] 52:305-322. Available at:
Book section
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Levine, P. (2007). Arms trade and arms races: a strategic analysis. in: Sandler, T. and Hartley, K. eds. Handbook of Defense Economics: Defense in a Globalized World: v. 2: Defense in a Globalized World. Netherlands: North-Holland Publishing Co., pp. 941-969.
Garcia-Alonso, M. and Smith, R. (2006). The economics of arms export controls. in: Joyner, D. ed. Non-Proliferation Export Controls: Origins, Challenges, and Proposals for Strengthenin. Ashgate Publishing Group, pp. 29-48.
Showing 13 of 20 total publications in KAR. [See all in KAR]
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Research interests

Maria’s research in the past few years has been in the fields of Industrial Organization and International Trade. The objective has been to understand the strategic interactions between governments which are involved in arms production and arms control. More generally, Maria has also been interested in the impact of public procurement policies on market structure with an application to both defense and pharmaceutical industries.

At present, she is developing models that try to explain the characteristics of the national and international regulation in health markets.

Maria's RePEc page is

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PhD Supervision

Dr Garcia-Alonso is happy to consider supervising PhD students who are interested in the use of microeconomic theory in areas such as:

  • Human Capital Development
  • Defence and Peace Economics
  • Pharmaceutical Markets


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Administrative roles

  • Director of Education
  • Member of the School of Economics Strategic Management Team
  • Open/Applicant Day Co-ordinator


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Last Updated: 24/09/2018