David Saucedo de la Fuente

Hometown: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico

Degree: Bachelors of Arts in Economics (Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education), Master of Arts in
Economics (New Mexico State University)
Current Major: PhD in Public Policy and Political Economy
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • Awarded by The National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT) - Scholarship

Deciding on Public Policy and Political Economy

As an Economics student, I was looking for a practical and applied approach in Economic Development. Additionally, I realized the existence of many complex public policy challenges needed to be addressed in order to increase social welfare, specially, in developing countries and low-income areas. The PPPE program at UTD not only addresses these challenges, but also gives you the tools (statistical methods) and methodologies (policy research) for public policy analysis and management both locally and abroad.

My EPPS Success

I feel enthusiastic for being part of the PPPE program. I do consider that dedication, intellectual curiosity, and being passionate about a particular field will drive you to become a successful EPPS student If you are a goal-oriented student EPPS will definitely give you all the tools needed to achieve your goals.

Plans for the future

I wish I could design and conduct policy-relevant research, particularly, for the U.S.-Mexico border and Latin American regions. Briefly, I am interested in working for the academia and/or non-profit sector (research institutes) developing strategies for a successful implementation of public policies and evaluate their economic and social consequences.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

I personally believe that effort and self-motivation will give you the power to achieve both personal and professional goals. Also, intellectual curiosity, ability to work independently, being passionate about a particular field and team-work are important as an EPPS student. Participating in seminars and interacting with faculty will definitely help you become more successful academically.

Other Interests

Traveling is very important. I try to go backpacking at least once a year. Rather than visiting big cities, I prefer to explore small towns. Workout, run, soccer, listen to house and chillout music, outdoor cooking, science fiction films, and watch economics and political online documentaries. I also really enjoy watching cold war documentaries (big fan).