Alejandro U. Becerra-Ornelas

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.Phil. in policy analysis and economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School; B.A. in policy analysis, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE)


Alejandro Becerra is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

At RAND, he is collaborating on numerous multidisciplinary projects, including an analysis of the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill; an analysis of the policy challenges of natural disaster outmigrants; a policy proposal to improve elder care in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria; a robust decision-making analysis of water management strategies in Mendoza, Argentina, in coordination with the InterAmerican Development Bank; an international drug price comparison; and a systematic review of 9/11 and its effect on NYC populations. 

Prior to joining RAND, Becerra was the deputy director of fiscal policy at the Mexican Ministry of Finance and Public Credit, where he assessed the fiscal, energy and telecommunications reforms implemented in Mexico and their effects on growth, inflation, trade and consumption. He was also a research and teaching assistant at CIDE for the Faculty of Economics, where he worked in different projects including topics such as technical efficiency, regional development, commuting, environmental economics and operations research. Moreover, he has worked as an external consultant for the Mexican Ministry of Energy in a project that analyses the optimal location for biogas biorefineries in the country. 

Becerra has a B.A. Hons in Public Policy from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico, and a Master of Philosophy in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Medal Award, Key Contributor, RAND Corporation
  • Pardee Dissertation Award for Global Human Progress, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Doctoral Scholarship for Public Servants studying abroad, Conacyt


Spanish; Portuguese