Gustavo Robles is a third year PhD student in Political Science with specialization in the fields of Political Methodology and Comparative Politics. He has been working with the Program on Poverty and Governance since 2011. His areas of interest include the economics of violence, decentralization and federalism, corruption and public service provision, and legislative studies. Currently he is working on his PhD dissertation on the Economic Consequences of Drug-Related Violence in Mexico.
Before attending Stanford, he worked at Protego Asesores as a financial advisor for the states and municipalities in Mexico. In particular, he was the leading analyst in the implementation of Public Partner Partnerships for infrastructure development in eight Mexican states. He also participated on the budget elaboration and debt refinancing of local governments. Gustavo has also worked as an economic analyst in the Mexican Minister of Finance and in the Center of Analysis and Economic Research at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
He has a BA in Economics and a BA in Political Science at ITAM where he graduated with the highest honors. He won the Ex ITAM Research Prize for the best undergraduate thesis in Political Science in 2009 and the Fulbright-García Robles Scholarship in 2008, which he declined.