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Bonnie J. Palifka - Faculty

Bonnie J. Palifka

Bonnie J. Palifka


Campus Monterrey, School of Social Sciences and Government, Tecnológico de Monterrey.





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Dr. Bonnie Palifka has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, from which she also received her M.A. in Economics. She has a BA in Economics and Latin American Studies from the University of Vermont.

A professor in the Department of Economics at Tecnológico de Monterrey since 1998, Dr. Palifka has also taught at Yale University since 2011. In 2004, she designed and began teaching the pioneering course, "The Economics of Corruption," at Tecnológico de Monterrey. She has taught versions of this subject for Yale Summer Session and Yale Summer Online; During the Spring 2021 semester, he taught “Transnational Corruption, Crime, and Money Laundering” for Yale University. Her focus on corruption has also led her to speak at conferences at the World Bank and the United Nations.

She is the founder and organizer of the Academy Against Corruption in the Americas conference and has consulted for Transparency International and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. She received the Rómulo Garza award for the second edition of the book Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reforms (co-authored with Susan Rose-Ackerman). Her most recent publications are book chapters, “Corruption, Organized Crime, and the Public Sector in Mexico,” in the Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration, and “Mexico's National Anti-Corruption System” (co-authored with María de los Ángeles Estrada and Ingrid Valeria Galicia González) in Anti-Corruption Agencies in Latin America. Dr. Palifka is a member of the civil society organizations Citizens Against Corruption and the Anti-Corruption Coalition.

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Teaching Activities

  • Anticorruption in Government, Firms, and Society
  • Corruption: Causes and Consequences
  • Economic History
  • Enterprise Economics
  • International Economic Politic
  • Macroeconomic Environment

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Education and Training

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Master in Science, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Vermont
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  • Palifka, Bonnie J., María de los Ángeles Estrada, and Ingrid Valeria Galicia González.  “Mexico’s National Anti-Corruption System,” in Joseph Pozsgai, ed., Anti-Corruption Agencies in Latin America, Routledge Corruption and Anti-Corruption Studies, 2021

  • Palifka, Bonnie J. “Corruption, Organized Crime and the Public Sector in Mexico,” in Adam Graycar, ed., Handbook on Corruption, Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration, Edward Elgar, 2020

  • Rose-Ackerman, Susan, and Bonnie J. Palifka. “Corruption, Organized Crime, and Money Laundering,” in Kaushik Basu and Tito Cordella, eds., Institutions, Governance and the Control of Corruption. NY: Palgrave, 2018

  • Rose-Ackerman, Susan and Bonnie J. Palifka. "Corruption and Government :Causes, Consequences and Reform, 2nd edition, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2018

  • Sañudo Martha y Bonnie J. Palifka. “Corrupción Académica y su Influencia en la Democracia (Academic Corruption and Its Influence on Democracy)”. Veritas 2018 

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Awards and Honors

  • Mexican Researcher Certification - Level 1 (Palifka,Bonnie J.)