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Luis Martinez’s research is mainly focused on topics related to the political economy of development, particularly the relationship between taxation, accountability, and governance. His current research uses sub-national data from Colombian municipalities to study the way in which the source of government revenue (taxes versus oil royalties) affects public good provision and the misbehavior of local public officials. In previous related work published in Experimental Economics, he provided laboratory evidence regarding people’s tendencies to make riskier choices when handling easily gotten windfall income. He is also currently studying the effects of increased access to Venezuelan territory by Colombian insurgent groups during the administration of Hugo Chávez.
Martinez received an Outstanding Teaching Award and a Teaching Fellowship, both from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has served as referee for Economica and the Journal of Developmental Economics.
Martinez received a bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy summa cum laude and a master’s degree in economics cum laude from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia. He earned an MRes (with distinction) and PhD in economics from LSE.