Welcome! I am an economic historian working as Assistant Professor of Economics at Weber State University. My fields of interest are Economic History, Political Economy, and Institutional Economics. My research focuses on the interaction of politics and economics. Currently, I study how elites’ professional and economic incentives affected development and the stability of institutional arrangements in Spain. Specifically, I work on political violence and elites during the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939).

I am currently teaching courses on the Economic History of the United States, Introduction to Economics, and Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. Previously, I have taught courses on "American Economic History" and "Economic History and Modern Development" at the University of Maryland at College Park.

Research interests

Institutional development and institutional change; Elites; Political Violence; Development.

Teaching interests

Economic History (US, Europe or World), Institutional Economics, Political Economy, Microeconomics, History of Economic Thought.

Contact Information

Weber State University

John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics

Department of Economics

1337 Edvalson St DEPT 3807

Ogden, UT 84408-3807

Office phone: 801-626-7081

Email: laparraperez at weber dot edu