Raúl A. Castro Corona

Graduate Student in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


I am a graduate student and research assistant at MIT's Department of Economics and an Economist (on leave) at the Economic Research Department of the Mexican central bank, Banco de México. Previously, I completed my undergraduate studies in Economics and Political Science at ITAM.

I am interested in combining economic theory, econometrics, data analysis techniques, and computational methods to inform economic policies and design political institutions conducive to welfare gains. While broadly curious, my current focus and research agenda concentrates on:

  • Studying state capacity and provision of public goods and services for addressing misgovernance and preventing corruption.

  • Understanding the international monetary system dynamics and global financial cycles to derive monetary policy recommendations for emerging markets and developing economies (EMDEs).

Also, I'm increasingly interested in the applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to natural language processing (NLP) and causal inference. When not thinking about these issues, I enjoy playing classical guitar and trekking.

Please note that the views or statements herein do not necessarily reflect those of Banco de México or any of my affiliations.

Feel free to contact me! rcastroc@mit.edu

MIT Website


  • Political Economy
  • Economic Development
  • International Trade
  • Spatial Economics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Causal Inference


  • MASc in Data, Economics and Development Policy, (ongoing)

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • BSc in Economics, 2018

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

  • BSc in Political Science, (pending thesis)

    Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)