Brandt School Universität Erfurt

Dr. Edgar Aragón

Visiting Scholar for Public Finance


Dr. Edgar Aragón is Visiting Scholar for Public Finance at the Brandt School. Previously, he taught at the Graduate School for Public Administration and Public Policy of Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico (EGAP-Tec de Monterrey), where he was Director of the Master's program in Economics and Public Policy until January 2008. During this time, he conducted socio-economic evaluations of public programs, such as lending to small and medium size firms; the social provisioning of milk; and the status of water infrastructure in Mexico. Before 2002, he worked as an economic and financial consultant in Mexico City and Leuven, Belgium. He received his PhD in City and Regional Planning and his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Cornell University. He has been a Fellow at the United Nations University (UNU/IAS) in Tokyo, and at the Inter-American Foundation (IAF) in Washington. He is co-author of Harvard case studies and his research currently focuses on cluster policies for regional development, microfinance for poverty alleviation, and public-private partnerships (PPPs) for infrastructure projects. He is now the leader of the Policy Recommendations Work Package for Nopoor, a 7th Framework Research Program of the European Commission on poverty alleviation.

Courses taught at the Brandt School:

  • Economic Analysis and Modeling (WS)

  • Financial Management in the Public Sector (SS)

  • IPE/ IA: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Social Policies around the World (WS)

  • IPE: Building Competitiveness at the National and Regional Level (SS)

  • Project Group: ReformKompass (WS 2014/15)

  • Project Group: Writing an IT Strategy for the City of Vienna (with Philipp Müller) (WS 2014/15)

  • Project Group: The EU Project Nopoor (WS 2016/17)

  • Project Group: Shaping EU Policy-Making: ECIPE Consulting Project on the Sharing Economy and the Future of Work (WS 2017/18)

  • Project Group: Political Advocacy and Leadership (WS 2018/19)

  • Project Group: Community and Urban Development (WS 2018/19)