Research Associate With The Cameron Institute
Dr. Kristina M. Lybecker is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. She earned a B.A. from Macalester College, with a double major in Economics and Latin American Studies, and received her Ph.D. in Economics in 2000 from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to accepting her position at Colorado College, Dr. Lybecker taught at Drexel University in Philadelphia and Lake Forest College, north of Chicago.
Dr. Lybecker’s research analyzes the difficulties of strengthening intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, specifically the problems related to pharmaceutical counterfeiting and the response of the pharmaceutical industry. Recent publications have also addressed alternatives to the existing patent system, the balance between pharmaceutical patent protection and access to essential medicines, determinants of legitimate use of compulsory licensing, and the markets for jointly produced goods such as blood and blood products. Current areas of interest also include the recent changes in pharmaceutical policymaking in Latin America, compulsory licensing, and the intersection of innovation and antitrust policy.
Dr. Lybecker has testified in more than a dozen states 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, Reconnaissance International, PhRMA, the National Peace Foundation, and the World Bank, on issues of innovation, international trade, and corruption.