Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

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Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías
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Urzúa Macías at a book presentation at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus
Born (1955-06-09) June 9, 1955 (age 62)
Occupation economics professor
Known for Director of the Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública

Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías (b. June 9, 1955 Aguascalientes) is a Mexican professor of economics and the director of the Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública at the Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus. He also served as the Secretary of Finance for the government of Mexico City.


Urzúa Macías began his associated with the Tec de Monterrey as a high school student, and has kept ties to the institution since.[1] He received his bachelors in mathematics from the Tec, but then went onto the Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados (Center for Research and Advanced Studies) of the Instituto Politécnico Nacional (CINVESTAV) for his masters in mathematics.[2][3] He received a second masters and a doctorate in economics and public policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison .[1][4]

Urzúa Macías began his teaching career at the Tec de Monterrey, State of Mexico Campus in 1977 at age 22, one of the first to work at the campus that opened only a year earlier.[1] He became a professor and researcher at the Colegio de México from 1980 to 2000, but continued to teach the occasional class at Tec de Monterrey.[1][2]

From 2000 to 2003, he was named the Secretary of Finance for the government of Mexico City under then mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador, managing a budget of about 170 billion pesos, larger than some national government budges in Central and South America.[1][5] He was chosen for his relationship with López Obrador. Although not a militant member of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, he is considered a sympathizer and his politics have been characterized as center-left.[5] In 2009 interview, he stated that the establishment and growth of monopolies is a sign of a weak president and that the dominant enterprises of Mexico, both public and private, do not have the best interest of the people in mind. He has also criticized a number of privatizations of former government monopolies such as Telmex as “short-sighted.” He stated that it is not the number of enterprises that participate in a given sector but rather how many dominate it.[6]

In 2003, Urzúa Macías left government served to return to academia, which he says he prefers.[1] This time, he joined the Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus to found the Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública of that campus, which he has directed since.[1][4] The school offers masters and doctorates in administration and public policy, economics and law among others. As of 2013, the school has had over 500 graduates with about 300 taking classes.[1]

In addition, Urzúa Macías worked as a consultant to the World Bank on four occasions, as well as the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, the United Nations Development Programme and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development .[3][5] He has presented on topics related to economics and public policy in various parts of Mexico as well as Colombia and the United States.[4] He has been a visiting scholar in a number of universities both in Mexico and abroad, including Princeton University (1988-1991), Georgetown University (1986-1988) and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.[2][3][4][5]

Specializing in economic theory and econometrics, he has been a researcher with the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (Level III) since 2004, as well as a member of the Academia Mexicana de Ciencias since 2007.[2][3][4] He describes himself as intellectually and socially restless with much love and devotion for academia.[1] Research topics have included include elements of the Mexican economy, political and fiscal, along with tax reform, economic cycles, poverty, probability distribution, economic competition, international trade, monetary policy, microsimulations, the identification of autoregressive–moving-average models, fiscal federalism, commercial disloyalty, non-lineal dynamic models, and relations between Mexico and international entities.[2][3] His multivariable normalcy test is employed routinely in economics programs such as EViews .[2][3]

He has published eight books on economics, three as an author and five as an editor or coordinator, with another two on poetry[3] and written dozens of articles in various international journals such as Advances in Econometrics, Brazilian Review of Econometrics, CEPAL Review, Communications in Statistics, Economic Journal, Economics Bulletin, Economics Letters, International Economic and Review y Journal of Development Economics. As of the end of 2012, he has been cited in about 425 academic articles.[2][3])



  • (2009) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Aparicio, Ricardo; Villarespe, Verónica. Pobreza en México: Magnitud y perfiles. Grupo Edición. Mexico City.
  • (2006) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. Política Social para la equidad. Editorial Porrúa. Mexico City.

Chapters in books[edit]

  • (2009) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Brambila Paz, Carlos. Pobreza en México: Magnitud y perfiles. Los determinantes de la pobreza estatal en México. Grupo Edición. Mexico City. R
  • (2009) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Brambila Paz, Carlos. Pobreza: Concepción, métodos y programas. Fuentes del ingreso de los hogares y factores relacionados con la pobreza en México. Grupo Edición. Mexico City.
  • (2007) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Guerrero de Lizardi, Carlos. Macroeconomía del crecimiento sostenido: Agenda para el desarrollo, Vol. 4. Reflexiones sobre la política cambiaria en México. UNAM-Miguel Ángel Porrúa. Mexico City . pp: 155-168.
  • (2005) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Dubcovsky Rabinovich, Gerardo Arturo Isaac. Procesos de integración económica de México y el mundo. Barreras a la exportación de insumos: Estudio de una práctica desleal de comercio. UAM Azcapotzalcon y Ediciones Eón. Mexico City. pp: 381-398.

Major Articles[edit]

  • (2009) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. Efectos sobre el bienestar social de las empresas con poder de mercado en México. Finanzas públicas. Mexico City. pp: 79-118.
  • (2009) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Sandoval, Héctor. Negative net incomes and the measurement of poverty: A Note. Revista de administración, finanzas y economía. Mexico City. pp: 29-36.
  • (2008) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. A Back-of-the-envelope rule to identify atheoretical vars. Brazilian review of econometrics. Brazil. pp: 249-261.
  • (2008) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Sandoval, Héctor; Macías, Alejandra. Tips for the analysis of poverty in Mexico, 1992-2005. Revista de administración, finanzas y economía. Mexico City. pp: 74-91.
  • (2008) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel; Carballo, Edgar. Un nuevo índice de tipo de cambio real para México. Comercio exterior. Mexico City. pp: 611-621.
  • (2007) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. Consensos y disensos entre los economistas mexicanos. Revista de la Cepal. Chile. pp: 153-165.
  • (2007) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. Consensus and dissension among Mexican economists. Cepal review. Chile. pp: 155-167.
  • (2007) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. Seis décadas de relaciones entre el Banco Mundial y México. Estudios empresariales. Spain. pp: 48-56.
  • (2005) Urzúa Macías, Carlos Manuel. The Ahmad-Stern approach revisited. Economics bulletin. United States. pp: 1-8.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías: Prefiere la docencia sobre la administración pública" [Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías: He prefers teaching over public administratioin] (in Spanish). Mexico: Tec de Monterrey. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Semblanza de Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías" [Career summary of Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mexico: UNAM. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Semblanza de Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías Enero de 2013" [Career summary of Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías January 2013] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mexico: Foro Consultivo Cientifico y Tecnologico. Retrieved June 20, 2013. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b c d e "Dr. Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías" (in Spanish). Mexico: Tec de Monterrey. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Alejandra Bordon (November 29, 2000). "Buscara Urzua elevar ingresos" [Urzua seeks to raise income] (in Spanish). Mexico City: Reforma. p. 6. 
  6. ^ "(COMPETENCIA) "NO QUIERO SATANIZAR A SLIM".- URZUA MACIAS" [(Competence) "I don’t want to demonize Slim] (in Spanish). Mexico City: Terra. February 19, 2009. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 

See also[edit]

List of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education faculty