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

  • 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

  • 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)
  • Monetary Incentives to Vote: Evidence from a Nationwide Policy [SSRN]
(with Mariella Gonzales and Gianmarco León)
    • Status: New December 2018

  • Sources of Revenue and Government Performance: Evidence from Colombia [SSRN]

Work in Progress

  • Political Opposition in East Germany (with Jonas Jessen and Guo Xu)
  • Educational Disruption during Pinochet's Dictatorship (with M.A. Bautista, Felipe Gonzalez, Pablo Muñoz, Mounu Prem)
  • Trade Liberalization and Political Violence: Evidence from Colombia


  • Analytical Politics II: Developing World (MPP) [syllabus]
  • The Political Economy of Natural Resources (MPP/BA) [syllabus]


  • Interview for Radio Harris [link]
  • Interview for Story in the Public Square [link]