Dr. Edgar Aragón


Visiting Lecturer (Willy Brandt School of Public Policy)

Visiting address

Universität Erfurt
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Nordhäuser Str. 84
99089 Erfurt

Mailing address

Universität Erfurt
Willy Brandt School of Public Policy
Nordhäuser Str. 63
99089 Erfurt

Dr. Edgar Aragón

Short Biography

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

Summer Term 2020

  • BLM/SPM: Policy Advocacy in the EU

Summer Term 2019

  • Financial Management in the Public Sector
  • IPE: Building Competitiveness at the National and Regional Level

Fall Term 2018/19

  • Project Group: Community and Urban Development
  • Project Group: Political Advocacy and Leadership

Fall Term 2017/18

  • Project Group: Shaping EU Policy-Making: ECIPE Consulting Project on the Sharing Economy and the Future of Work

Fall Term 2016/17

  • Project Group: The EU Project Nopoor

Fall Term 2015/16

  • Economic Analysis and Modeling
  • IPE/ IA: Design, Implementation and Evaluation of Social Policies around the World

Fall Term 2014/15

  • Project Group: Writing an IT Strategy for the City of Vienna (with Philipp Müller)
  • Project Group: ReformKompass