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  • Economic and Business History
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Economics and Human Biology
  • History of Disease, Public Health and Medicine


  • History of Mexico
  • History of Latin America
  • World History

Selected Publications:

  • “Migrant Self-Selection and Random Shocks: Evidence from the Panic of 1907.” The Journal of Economic History, 2023, 1–41. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0022050722000535 https://www-cambridge-org.ezproxy.rice.edu/core/journals/journal-of-economic-history/article/migrant-selfselection-and-random-shocks-
  • "Measuring Mexican Poverty Through Individual Height and Weight in the 19th and 20th Centuries." Oxford Research
    Encyclopedia for Latin American History December 2021 https://doi-org.ezproxy.rice.edu/10.1093/acrefore/9780199366439.013.826
  • “Height and Inequality in Post-1950 Mexico: A History of Stunted Growth” with Roberto Vélez-Grajales, Revista de Historia Económica, Vol. 37 no. 2: 271-296, April 2019  
  • https://doi-org.ezproxy.rice.edu/10.1017/S0212610919000065
  • Escamilla-Guerrero, David, and Moramay López-Alonso. Self-Selection Of Mexican Migrants In The Presence Of Random Shocks: Evidence From The Panic Of 1907, WIDER Working Paper 2019/23 Helsinki: UNU-WIDER, 2019.  
  • https://www.wider.unu.edu/publication/self-selection-mexican-migrants-presence-random-shocks/
  • "Using Heights to Trace Living Standards and Inequality in Mexico Since 1850" with Roberto Vélez-Grajales, in Has Latin American Inequality Changed Direction? Looking Over the Long Run, Springer International Publishing, 2017, pp:65-87
  • “Economics and Human Biology in Latin America,” in The Oxford Handbook of Economics and Human Biology, Edited by John Komlos and Inas R. Kelly, Oxford Handbook Series, Oxford University Press, 2016.
  • “Measuring Inequality in Living Standards with Anthropometric Indicators: The of Case of Mexico 1850-1986,” Journal of Human Development and Capabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal of People-Centered Development, (2015) Vol.16 no. 3: 374-396, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/19452829.2015.1044820
  • Estar a la altura: Una historia de los niveles de vida en México, 1850-1950 (Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2015).
  • Measuring Up: A History of Living Standards in Mexico, 1850-1950 (Stanford University Press, 2012)
  • Physical Stature of Men in Eighteenth Century Mexico: Evidence from Puebla" (with Agustín Grajales Porras), Economics and Human Biology, Spring 2011.

Research Areas

Dr. López Alonso is an economic historian of Latin America. She is author of Measuring Up: A History of Living Standards in Mexico 1850-1950 (Stanford University Press 2012) winner of the 2013 Mexican History Book Prize awarded by the Conference in Latin American History with the edition in Spanish Published by Fondo de Cultura Económica in 2015. Her scholarship and research interests are interdisciplinary. Dr. López-Alonso regularly teaches undergraduate courses on Mexican History, Economic History, Poverty Justice and Human Capabilities, Environment, Disease, Medicine and Public Health, History of Medicine and Business History in the MBA program. She the director of the PhD Dual Degree Program with Instituto Mora and Faculty Scholar in the Latin American Initiative with the Baker Institute.


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