Welcome!

I am an Economics Ph.D. Candidate at George Mason University. I have a Bachelors degree in Economics by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I am on the job market and I will be attending the ASSA/AEA meetings in Atlanta(January 4 - 6, 2019).

My research interests lie at the intersection between economic history, new institutional economics and development economics. My graduate dissertation 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 how 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. Right now I'm starting a project that will attempt to asses the impact of migration on local political institutions (is there any tipping point at which local institutions may change in favor of the newcomers' culture) through the case of Texas and its secession from Mexico–which happened after a large Anglo migratory wave (legal and illegal) that started in the late 18th century.