Currently, I am a research assistant at the Department of Economics where I participate in a project that explores the expertise vs. bias trade-off in the context of industrial policymaking directed at firms and makes a rigorous evaluation of the impact of government matching grants on productivity, sales, job creation, and innovation. While at MIT, I have completed Ph.D. coursework in Decision Theory, Mechanism Design, International Economics, and Political Economy as well as graduate-level classes on Econometric Data Science, Inference on Causal and Structure Parameters using ML and AI, and Deep Learning. Furthermore, I am working on a paper that studies the political economy of state capacity through a quantitative spatial model.
At the Mexican Central Bank, my professional activities centered on international monetary affairs. This included monitoring developments in the international monetary system and the global economic outlook, advising the Board of Governors and senior officials throughout multilateral meetings, liaising with the G20, IMF, OECD, BIS, and other central banks, and carrying out research on EMEs' precautionary policies against sudden stops, external liquidity shocks, and global financial cycles. I have had the opportunity to engage in various research projects with economists from Banco de México, the Federal Reserve System, and the World Bank. During this time, I also developed a keen interest in Natural Language Processing and implemented these techniques to assess the signaling channels of liquidity management policies and analyze the legal frameworks of central bank independence worldwide.
Prior to joining the central bank, I co-founded and actively participated in the Alonso Lujambio Policy Research Center (CEAL) at ITAM. CEAL promotes the mutual engagement between academia and policymaking and provides ITAM students with opportunities to analyze public affairs, build a research agenda, develop soft skills, get inspired, network, and build long-lasting relationships with future policymakers and researchers. At CEAL, I engaged in research collaborations with independent government agencies, research centers, and civil society organizations for four years. I completed my undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Science at ITAM, where I actively participated in international debating competitions and a US-Mexico student-run organization promoting mutual policy cooperation. In 2018, I was appointed Mexico's Youth representative to the G20 during Argentina's Presidency.
My undergraduate honors dissertation–now a working paper available upon request–studied the Political Economy of state capacity and governance in Mexico through the causal identification of patronage and nepotism in the civil service, using a regression discontinuity design of close elections and novel administrative data of the career of civil service officials.
I will apply to Ph.D. programs in Economics this upcoming cycle.