Ph.D. in Economics, Washington University
Lcdo in Economics and Law, University of Barcelona
Lcdo in Political Science, University of Madrid
Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations, Budgeting and Fiscal Management, Economics of Education, Taxation, Urban Economics, Development Economics, Manpower Policies and Urban Behavior
Martinez-Vazquez’s main interests are in public sector economics. He has published over 20 books and numerous articles in academic journals, such as Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.
Martinez-Vazquez has directed multiple fiscal reform projects worldwide. Two such notable projects are the $20 million USAID Fiscal Reform Project in the Russian Federation (1997-2000) and the $1.5 million World Bank Tax Policy Review Project in Pakistan (2008-2009).
His expertise in fiscal decentralization, taxation and fiscal management has led to consulting assignments with federal agencies and state governments in the United States and over 90 countries including Russia, China, South Africa, Indonesia, and Mexico. He has consulted with the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Asian Development Bank, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Development Bank, and has been a Member of the IMF Panel of Fiscal Experts since 1994. One of the prominent features of Martinez’s work on intergovernmental reform is that he has often been the first or among the first to make diagnostics and offer advice in many of the countries that started decentralization reforms over the past decades and has continually stayed with the reform process of that particular country
long enough to frame the necessary “second generation reforms” and analyze what may have gone wrong and what needs to change in the process.
Martinez-Vazquez has been recognized for his work in public sector economics through the Russian Federation National Prize in Economics for 2007-2009 (with Yuriy Gorodnichenko and Klara Sabirianova Peter) and the 2010 Public Policy Award of the German Development Cooperation from the International Institute of Public Finance. In 1997 he was inducted into the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and in 2006 he was made an Honorary Professor of China Public Finance and Public Policy Academy, Central University of Finance and Economics, Beijing, and Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Vigo, Spain, 2011. He was the Raja Chelliah Memorial Lecturer, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi, India, 2012, received the Best Paper Award American Political Science Association Federalism Section Deil Wright, 2012, Distinguished Academic Visitor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore, October 2018, and Georgia State University Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement, 2020.
Martinez-Vazquez is Regents Professor of Economics, founding director of the International Center for Public Policy and the Director of the Cluster of Public Finance Centers –including the Center for State and Local Finance, the Fiscal Research Center, and the International Center for Public Policy. His professional memberships include the American Economic Association, National Tax Association, International Institute of Public Finance, Southern Economic Association, and REDE, University of Vigo, Spain.