Me

I am an Economics Ph.D. Candidate  at George Mason University. I have a Bachelors degree in Economics by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.  At GMU I have worked as research assistant of Mark Koyama, and at El Colegio de México as research assistant of Carlos Marichal.

My research interest lies in the fields of Economic History, New Institutional Economics and Agent-Based Modeling. I am also interested in banking and monetary economics; my undergraduate dissertation centered on the evolution of the debates over the "management of money" (free banking and other schemes). My graduate dissertation (which I'm working on right now) dwells on the institutional properties that create incentives for political union and fragmentation (why some nations are large and some small); I focus on the case of the Spanish Empire in the 16th-19th century (and the process of fragmentation that led to the creation of the Latin American countries). In my Job Market Paper I show hoe pre-Hispanic settlements in Mexico survived Spanish colonization and formed the basis of current municipal boundaries within the country.

Other research projects I have, follow my general interest in understanding the deep historical elements behind development issues in societies.  In particular, I'm interested in assesing the effects of migration on local political institutions (is there any tipping point at which the locals institutions may change to favor the newcomers culture). I'm working on the case of Texas and its seccession of Mexico as an example of it.