René is an applied microeconomist. He is the teaching fellow for the HKS graduate econometrics sequence and heads the KPSA academic committee. Prior to coming to Harvard, he worked as a research assistant at MIT and at the Bank of Mexico. René is passionate about how geography, migration, and trade shape people’s opportunities and outcomes. His past work has leveraged differences in trade costs across Mexican municipalities to study the impact of trade on obesity, and argued that employment in developing countries is exposed to automation in some non-obvious ways. His future work will study the effect of the post-war redesign of US cities on the resiliency of local labor markets.