Luis R. Martínez

Assistant Professor

Harris School of Public Policy and the College,

University of Chicago

Research Interests:

  • Political economy
  • Development economics
  • Violence and conflict


  • Transnational Insurgents: Evidence from Colombia's FARC at the border with Chávez's Venezuela

Journal of Development Economics, 2017, Vol. 126, pp 138-153 [publisher] [SSRN] [working paper PDF]

  • Is it my money or not? An experiment on risk aversion and the house-money effect
with Juan Camilo Cárdenas, Nicolás De Roux and Christian Jaramillo

Experimental Economics, 2014, Vol. 17 (1), pp 47-60 [publisher]

Working Papers

  • How Much Should We Trust the Dictator's GDP Estimates? [SSRN]
Updated: May 2018 Media coverage: Washington Post, Le Figaro, Quartz, Fox News 1, Fox News 2, Money and Banking, Economics21, Daily Mail, Global Finance, Western Journal, Futurism, Spaceflight News, Les Échos, Slate-Fr, L'Express, Exame, Epoca Negócios, Business Insider-ES, El Blog Salmón, JoongAngIlbo 1, JoongAngIlbo 2, Index, NTDTV, Nhip Cau Dau Tu, Epoch Times
  • The Geography of Repression and Support for Democracy: Evidence from the Pinochet Dictatorship [SSRN]
(with Maria A. Bautista, Felipe González, Pablo Muñoz and Mounu Prem) New: September 2018Media coverage: Infinita, CIPER, Foco Económico
  • Monetary Incentives to Vote: Voters' Response to a Nationwide Policy In Peru
(with Mariella Gonzales and Gianmarco León) Draft available upon request
  • Sources of Revenue and Government Performance: Evidence from Colombia
Under revision (new version coming soon)

Work in Progress

  • Long-Term Effects of Atrocities at the End of WWII (with Jonas Jessen and Guo Xu)
  • Repression and Educational Disruption during Pinochet's Dictatorship (with Maria A. Bautista)
  • Trade Liberalization and Political Violence: Evidence from Colombia


  • Analytical Politics II: Political Institutions and Public Policy in the Developing World (MPP) [syllabus]
  • The Political Economy of Natural Resources (Undergraduate) [syllabus]


  • Interview for Radio Harris [link]