Hilmarsson Hilmar Thor

Visiting Professor Department of Economics

Dr. Hilmarsson teaches courses on international business and macroeconomics. He received his cand. oecon. degree in Economics from the University of Iceland in 1987, an MA in Economics from New York University in 1989, and a Ph.D. in public administration and economic development from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1992. He served as a Specialist and Coordinator with the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. from 1990 to 1995, at the World Bank office in Riga from 1999 to 2003 and the World Bank office in Hanoi from 2003 to 2006. From 1995 to 1999 he served as a Special Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Iceland. Dr. Hilmarsson has published two books and over 70 scholarly articles and book chapters. He has lectured and made presentations in more than 30 universities in Europe and the USA including, Cornell University, Georgetown University, Stockholm School of Economics, University of California Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles, the University of Latvia, the University of Porto, the University of Tartu, the University of Washington, the University of York, Vytautas Magnus University, and Yale University. He has travelled to about 60 countries. Dr. Hilmarsson was a Visiting Professor at Stockholm School of Economics during the fall semester 2013, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle in the spring semester 2014, a Visiting Professor at Cornell University during the fall semester 2015 and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley during the fall semester 2016.


Ph.D. in Public Administration and Economic Development, 12/1992, The American University, Washington, D.C.
M.A. in Economics, 2/1989, New York University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
Cand. Oecon. (B.S. equivalent) in Economics, 6/1987, University of Iceland.  Field of specialization: Economic Policy

Research interests

Development Economics
International Financial Institutions
International Trade and Finance
Emerging Markets
Small States
International Economics