Dr Francisco Martinez Mora

Dr Francisco Martinez MoraLecturer

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  • Tel: 0116 252 2789
  • Email: fmm14@le.ac.uk
  • Office: AC105
  • Office Hours: Thursdays 2pm - 4pm (term time only) otherwise by appointment

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MA, MSc, PhD

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Curriculum Vitae (updated February 2015)


  • Economics of Education
  • Local Public Economics
  • Fiscal Federalism
  • Urban Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Social Conflict

Research papers can be downloaded via RePEc.

You must apply formally to our Economics PhD programme before we allocate you a supervisor as part of the review process. You do not need to contact our staff separately.


Education and development. The theoretical literature on the Economics of Education has paid little attention to developing countries. This is surprising given the key role education policy plays in fostering social and economic development. The cultural, economic and social characteristics of developing countries call for specific theoretical analyses. Different issues deserve attention, among which are school attendance policies and the causes and consequences of relevant stylised facts such as the greater share of public education spending these countries devote to Higher Education.

Segregation and ability tracking. Conventional wisdom is that tracking (ie putting pupils of similar ability in the same school/class increases segregation to the extent that ability and income are correlated. However, some parents of middle ability income whose children would not be in the top track in an affluent area may prefer to live in a less affluent area to ensure that their children are in the top track. The research investigates the trade-offs, and the interaction between the social interaction market (sports clubs, marriage and so on) and the location decisions. (joint with G. De Fraja).

Political economics of education. Recent developments in political economics allow a more sophisticated analysis of the political issues surrounding education policy. This is a promising area of research. An example of an issue that could be studied with up-to-date models of political economics is the simultaneous determination of the overall level of public education spending and its allocation among compulsory and higher education. An application of a state-of-the-art political economy model to the study of education policy which can serve as an example of this line of work can be found in Levy (2005, Quarterly Journal of Economics).

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