Maria Freire

Maria Freire is an economist who has been working in the last fifteen years in areas related to urban economics and public finance. She worked with the World Bank in different capacities until 2009. Since then she has continued her work with the Bank as consultant and peer reveiwer, while teaching Urban Economics and Policy at Johns Hopkins University and contributing to selected programs such as the Growth Dialogue Initiative at GW University. Mila has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California in Berkeley, and a Degree in Economics and Finance from Technical University in Lisbon.

During her career, she has taught at the university, published in a variety of fields (recently focused on decentralisation, municipal and urban economics), and promoted joint-programs with partner institutions dealing with public finance and municipal management.

Content by Maria Freire
  • Publication - Working Paper

    Asset and debt management for cities

    This paper argues and provides examples that municipal assets, debts, and liabilities are fundamental elements of any city management program and strategy.  Consistent and comprehensive analysis is a very important task that city leaders should fulfill. Well managed cities show visible positive results, such as balanced and sustainable development, stable and affordable...

    20 Jul 2018 | Maria Freire, Mihaly Kopanyi