Dr. Juan Carlos Castillo

Affiliated Researcher

Juan Carlos Castillo is a post-doctoral research fellow in Applied Economics at Bocconi University and an affiliated researcher at UNU-MERIT. He obtained his PhD degree from UNU-MERIT (2018), under the specialisation track on “Structural Change and Industrialisation” which was sponsored by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO). He also holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business (research) from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands (2012) and, a Licenciatura degree in Economics (honors) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (2009). Over the course of his PhD studies, he also acted as a tutor for several bachelor level courses (International Economics, Network Economics and, Macroeconomics), as well as a master level course (Innovation). As a research intern for UNIDO and, as a consultant for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), he provided technical assistance for two major policy reports; UNIDO’s 2016 Industrial Development Report and, UNCTAD’s 2018 World Investment Report. 

His main areas of interest are manufacturing micro-level datasets, global input-output systems, multinational firms, industrial policy, global value chains and export processing zones.

Selected publications by Juan Carlos Castillo

Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Castillo, Juan Carlos & G.J. De Vries, 2018, The Domestic Content of Mexico's Maquiladora Exports: A Long-Run Perspective, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, 27(2): 200-219, DOI: 10.1080/09638199.2017.1353125, More information

UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Castillo, Juan Carlos & Adam Szirmai, 2016, Mexican manufacturing and its integration into global value chains, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-001

Castillo, Juan Carlos, 2018, Assessing the Role of the Export Sector in Mexican Economic Development, 1965-2014, PhD dissertation Maastricht University / United Nations University