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Before I joined TTU in 2017, I was a professor of economics at the University of Oklahoma for 18 years. I have published more than 25 articles in peer-reviewed journal such as the American Political Science Review, The Journal of Law and EconomicsEconomic Development & Cultural Change, and the Journal of Development Economics. I co-authored a book in 2014 titled The Long Process of Development: Building Markets and States in Pre-Industrial England, Spain and their Colonies (Cambridge University Press).

My teaching interests include macroeconomics, economic growth, and economic development. I am fluent in Spanish and enjoys swimming, traveling, and playing with my two dogs, Paco and Diego.



Research Interests

Political Economy of Growth


Professor of Economics

FMI, Texas Tech University

Institutions and Development

Populism and growth in Latin America


Professor of Economics & IAS

University of Oklahoma

1997 - 1999

Assistant Professor of Economics

CIDE, Mexico City

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