On an economic historian as head of the National Public Records Office of Mexico

Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato

Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato

It is possible that readers of this entry will find it a bit too local. But I think this piece of news is relevant enough to be of interest to an international audience.

On May the 1st Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato, Professor of Economics and Economic History at CIDE, was appointed as head of the Archivo General de la Nación, Mexico’s National Public Records Office.

Dr. Gómez-Galvarriato earned her Ph.D in History at Harvard University. Her dissertation “The Impact of Revolution: Business and Labor in the Mexican Textile Industry, Orizaba, Veracruz, 1900 to 1930” won the Alexander Gerschenkron Prize for the Best Dissertation in non-US or Canadian Economic History in 2000.

Her main research areas are the economic and social history of Mexico from the last quarter of the 19th century to 1930. These years are also known in traditional political history periods as “el Porfiriato” (the dictatorship of General Porfirio Díaz) and “la revolución mexicana” (1910-1921). She has written extensively on the industrialization and Mexican economic development during the Díaz dictatorship, as well as on the impacts of the revolution of 1910 on the economy. She has also written in topics of labor, business and price history. Aurora Gómez is one of a growing number of Latin American economic historians who in recent years have used statistical methods to study important economic history problems of the region.

Gómez-Galvarriato was a visiting scholar at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (2006-2007).  She was a founding member of the Mexican Economic History Association. She was the General Secretary of the Association from 1998 to 2002. During these years, she was responsible for the creation and maintenance of AMHE’s webpage.

Recommended articles in English

Dr. Gómez-Galvarriato has written very interesting papers for the National Bureau of Economic Research: Was It Prices, Productivity or Policy? The Timing and Pace of Latin American Industrialization after 1870 (written jointly with Professor Jeffrey G. Williamson), and Globalization, De-Industrialization and Mexican Exceptionalism 1750-1879 (joint with Professor Williamson and Professor Dobado from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid). The Political Economy of Protectionism: The Mexican Textile Industry, 1900-1950 was included in The Decline of Latin American Economies. Growth, Institutions and Crises, edited by Sebastian Edwards, Gerardo Esquivel and Graciela Márquez (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007). She wrote an interesting paper on the economic efficiency of Roman Canonic legal institutions inherited in Mexico with Aldo Musacchio, Professor at Harvard Business School, Organizational choice in a French Civil Law underdeveloped economy: Partnerships, Corporations and the Chartering of business in Mexico, 1886-1910.

Aurora Gómez-Galvarriato’s personal webpage at CIDE is here. Her profile at the Espinosa Yglesias foundation is here.

Do you know of any other economic historians that have been or are currently heads of public records offices? Please let us know!

2 Responses to On an economic historian as head of the National Public Records Office of Mexico

  1. Leonardo says:

    I met Aurora last month in LA! I am really glad to know this piece of news.
    Congratulations to her!

  2. I don’t know Aurora personally but I’m a Mexican scholar and I’ve always done interdisciplinary research using the English and Spanish language literature in economic history.

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