Mónica Unda-Gutiérrez, Ph.D.

Mónica Unda-Gutiérrez
Mónica Unda-Gutiérrez, Ph.D.Marquette University

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Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor

Political Science

Prof. Unda-Gutierrez is Assistant Professor in the Political Science and Economics departments at Marquette University. She was previously a faculty member at El Colegio de México. Her research focuses on municipal finances and the political economy of taxation and fiscal policy, with central focus on Mexico.

Mónica received a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Development Studies from the University of London (SOAS and LSE respectively) and is a member of the National Researchers System (SNI) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACyT) in Mexico. Mónica’s research has been funded by CONACyT and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

 Professor Unda-Gutierrez is working on a project oriented to explain variations in tax revenue, spending composition and inter-governmental transfers in Mexican municipalities. The project combines field research evidence with analysis of originally constructed datasets that include fiscal data, electoral results, economic indicators, and variables relating the quality of municipal services and citizen participation in local policymaking. The project is oriented not only to producing academic publications, but also to informing debates about a policy area in urgent need of attention in Mexico, given notable deficiencies in financial management on the local level in the aftermath of decentralization reforms in the late twentieth century.


Ph.D. University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies. Development Studies, 2011.

M.Sc. University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2003.

Courses Taught

  • POSC 4931, Comparative Urban Political Economy
  • HOPR2956, Engaging the City: Perspectives from the Global South
  • ECON 4049, Public Policy and Finance in Latin American Cities
  • ECON 1103-103, Principios de Microeconomía



  • El fracaso de la reforma fiscal de 1961 [The failure of the 1961 fiscal reform], (with Luis Aboites Aguilar), El Colegio de México, 2012, Mexico.
  • Compendio de Política Económica de México: 1980-2000 [Compendium of economic policy in Mexico: 1980-2000], ITESO-Coecytjal, 2003, Mexico.


Book Chapters

  • “Local Government in Mexico”. In N. Steytler (Ed.) Forum of Federations Handbook on Local Government in Federal Systems. Ottawa: The Forum of Federations. (with Reyes Alejandra). Forthcoming, 2021.
  • “El papel de los contribuyentes en la introducción de impuestos directos en la década de 1920” [The role of tax payers during the adoption of direct taxes in 1920’s Mexico”], in Colin Márquez, (ed.), De Contribuyentes y contribuciones en la fiscalidad mexicana, siglos XVIII-XX, Colegio de México y Universidad Veracruzana, pp. 319-357, 2018. 
  • “La baja recaudación y la poca progresividad del sistema tributario y el impuesto sobre la renta en México: un primer acercamiento” [¨The low revenue and tax progressivity of the tax system and the income tax: an exploratory analysis], in Calva, José Luis, (ed.), México 2018-2024. Nueva estrategia de Desarrollo, Equidad Fiscal, Juan Pablos Editor, 2018.
  • “El sistema tributario mexicano en perspectiva histórica e internacional después de la reforma de 2013” [“The Mexican tax system in historical and international perspective after the 2013 reform”], in Valencia, Enrique, (ed.) Nueva ronda de reformas estructurales en México, ¿nuevas políticas sociales?, Colegio de la Frontera Norte, pp. 155-176. 2016.


  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Municipal public finance in Mexico: why some cities collect more and spend it better, 2016-2018.
  • Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Poor municipal governments: An analysis of the property tax determinants in Mexico, 2014-2016.
  • CONACyT, Doctoral Studies Scholarship, 2006-2010
  • ITESO, Doctoral Studies Scholarship, 2006-2010
  • Central Research Fund, University of London, Fieldwork grant, 2008
  • ITESO, Graduate Studies Scholarship, 2002-2003
  • Ministry of Public Education, Undergraduate Studies Grant, 1998-2000

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