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

May 25, 2009
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.

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The English Levant Company’s rates of consulage

January 23, 2009

Here are the taxes per commodity levied by the English Levant Company’s consul in 1660.


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