Research and Policy
Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago
Luis Martinez’s research focuses on the political economy of development, with an active interest in the functioning of both democracies and autocracies. He is currently studying the manipulation of GDP statistics in authoritarian regimes, the differential impact of tax and nontax revenue on the performance of local governments in Colombia, as well as the effect of abstention fines on voter registration and turnout in Peru.
In previous work, published in the Journal of Development Economics, he has studied the effects of access to foreign territory on insurgent violence in Colombia. Martinez holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.
Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.