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Victoria Haro

Victoria Haro received a B.A in law from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 1993 and a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia University in 2005, specializing in law and economics.

She was a full-time professor at ITAM’s Law School from 1996-2004, where she taught the law and economics class. Her doctoral thesis, “Law Enforcement, Corruption and Development in Developing Economies,” developed a model for the analysis of corruption in law enforcement in a third world context, with an application for traffic police corruption in Mexico City. Other research projects developed at ITAM included a detailed study of Mexican labor and civil law from a gender perspective, elaborated for the World Bank, with the objective of identifying and analyzing differential rights and obligations for men and women directly or indirectly imposed by these laws.

In September 2004, Victoria was appointed as head advisor of the municipal government of the County of Valle de Bravo in the State of Mexico, a prosperous rural county near Mexico City with an economy based on tourism and where 35 percent of the water consumed in Mexico City is obtained. Victoria was in charge of the county’s environmental, urban development and fiscal policies and regulations, as well as the coordination and fund raising for the establishment of a large National Park. Since September 2006, Victoria has worked for the Mexican government as project director for the program "Valle de Bravo XXI," which coordinates the environmental and urban development policies in the County of Valle de Bravo. Victoria lives in Valle de Bravo with her husband and two children and continues to work with the ITAM as an external professor and consultant.