Maria is a recent graduate of The University of Maine at Orono. Her senior year of undergrad was spent using STATA econometrics software to create visual models and tables, in order to complete a 50 page thesis paper published online by the Umaine Honors College. For this thesis, she worked alongside five professors at the University of Maine, which included a research faculty advisor Dr. Philip Trostel. She graduated with High Honors for thesis titled, “The Underrepresentation of Racial and Ethnic Minorities in Legal Occupations.” For her particular Fulbright project, she plans to meet with government departments, NGOs, and education institutions that will provide a diverse range of information regarding tax evasion and the debt crisis in Greece. Rampant tax evasion in Greece has severely limited the country’s ability to garner revenues, and decreased the amount of public services available to the people. She will visit surrounding businesses and administer local surveys to see how the community is reacting to the debt crisis, with particular attention to the different roles individuals and corporations play in the tax evasion epidemic. Maria contacted Kostas Eleftheriou, an economics professor at the University of Piraeus who graciously agreed to advise this research project. Dr. Eleftheriou has co-authored a publication on tax compliance costs in Greece, and will be a vital resource during her Fulbright journey.
Maria Kafia Beaulieu
CASA Guardian ad Litem
University of Maine at Orono, ME
Economics with Psychology and Legal Studies Minor (2018)