Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías (b. June 9, 1955 Aguascalientes) is a Mexican Professor of Economics at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City and Santa Fe campuses. He is a National Researcher and a member of the Mexican Academy of Science. He served as the Secretary of Finance for the Mexico City government from 2000 to 2003. He is also an award-winning poet.

Carlos Urzúa
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Secretary of Finance and Public Credit
In office
1 December 2018 – 9 July 2019
PresidentAndrés Manuel López Obrador
Preceded byJosé Antonio González Anaya
Succeeded byArturo Herrera Gutiérrez
Personal details
Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías

(1955-06-09) 9 June 1955 (age 67)
Aguascalientes, Aguascalientes, Mexico
EducationMonterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (BA)
National Polytechnic Institute (MA)
University of Wisconsin, Madison (PhD)

In 2018 President Andrés Manuel López Obrador appointed Urzúa Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit.[1] But less than a year in the job Urzúa quit citing strong differences with the President's policies.[2]


Urzúa earned a bachelor's degree from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in 1975, and a master's degree from Cinvestav in 1978, both in Mathematics.[3][4] He earned a Ph D in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1986.[5] Urzúa began his teaching career at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, State of Mexico campus, at the age of 22. He was an assistant professor in the Economics Department at Georgetown University (1986-1988), and a visiting assistant professor in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (1988-1990). He was a professor in the Economics Department at the Colegio de México from 1989 to 2000.[3][4][5][6]

From 2000 to 2003, he was appointed Secretary of Finance for the Mexico City government under then mayor Andrés Manuel López Obrador.[6] In 2003, Urzúa left government to found the Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública y Política Pública, a public policy graduate school at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City campus, which he directed for ten years.

Aside from his more theoretical work, Urzúa has written extensively on many aspects of the Mexican economy: fiscal policy, monetary policy, tax reform, poverty, economic competition, international trade, fiscal federalism, and economic history.[3][4] He has worked over the years as a consultant to the World Bank, 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.[4][6] He has also advised Mexican firms on international trade issues.



  • C. M. Urzúa (1991), El déficit del sector público y la política fiscal en México, 1980-1989, Santiago de Chile: Naciones Unidas.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2000), Medio siglo de relaciones entre el Banco Mundial y México: Una reseña desde el trópico, Mexico City: El Colegio de México.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2002), Recuerdan los muertos, Mexico City: Tintanueva.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2002), Ejercicios de teoría microeconómica, Mexico City: El Colegio de México.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2006), Política social para la equidad, co-editor with L. F. López-Calva and E. Ortiz, Mexico City: Porrúa.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2009), Pobreza en México: Magnitud y perfiles, co-editor with R. Aparicio and V. Villarespe, Mexico City: Grupo Edición-CONEVAL-UNAM-ITESM.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2011), Sistemas de impuestos y prestaciones en América Latina, co-editor with L. F. López-Calva, Puebla: BUAP-IDRC-ITESM-PNUD.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2012), Fiscal inclusive development: Microsimulation models for Latin America, editor, Mexico City: IDRC-ITESM-PNUD.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2012), Construyendo el futuro de México: Propuestas de políticas públicas, co-editor with T. Almaguer and H. Moreira, Monterrey: ITESM.
  • C. M. Urzúa (2014), Criaturas vistas o soñadas: Adivinanzas, Mexico City: Magenta Ediciones.

Academic Articles and ChaptersEdit

  • Google Scholar profile
  • "Most widely held works by Carlos M Urzúa". WorldCat.


  1. ^ "Mexico presidential front-runner unveils planned cabinet". Reuters. 14 December 2017.
  2. ^ Webber, Jude (9 July 2019). "Mexican finance minister quits over differences with leftist president". Financial Times.
  3. ^ a b c "Semblanza de Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías" [Career summary of Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías] (PDF) (in Spanish). Mexico: UNAM. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c d "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]
  5. ^ a b "Dr. Carlos Manuel Urzúa Macías" (in Spanish). Mexico: Tec de Monterrey. Archived from the original on June 24, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c Alejandra Bordon (November 29, 2000). "Buscará Urzúa elevar ingresos" [Urzua seeks to raise income] (in Spanish). Mexico City: Reforma. p. 6.
Political offices
Preceded by Secretary of Finance and Public Credit
Succeeded by