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Pablo Pinto


Associate Professor
PGH 431

Research Interests

Political economy
Globalization of production
Fiscal policy and taxation
Quantitative methods

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Biographical Summary

Pablo M. Pinto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science.  His main research analyzes the causes and consequences of the globalization of production. He is the author of Partisan Investment in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press) and co-author of Politics and FDI (Michigan University Press). His research has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Economics & Politics, International Organization, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and the Review of International Political Economy, Political Analysis, edited volumes and other outlets.

Pinto holds an M.A. from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. He also received a law degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. Pinto’s areas of expertise are international and comparative political economy.

Prior to joining the University of Houston in 2014, Pinto was a member of the faculty of Columbia University. He taught at the Escuela Nacional de Gobierno in his native Argentina, and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where he founded and directed the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies. He also worked as Chief Counsel for Toyota Argentina.


Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs, University of California, San Diego
MA in International Affairs, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo
B.A. in Law (Abogado), Facultad de Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Universidad Nacional de La Plata

Selected Publications

"Partisan Investment in the Global Economy: why the Left loves foreign investment, and FDI loves the Left." (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

"Politics and FDI" (Michigan University Press, 2012), with N. Jensen, G. Biglaiser, Q. Li, E. Malesky, S. Pinto, and J. Staats

"Dyadic Analysis in International Relations: A Cautionary Tale." Political Analysis (forthcoming), with Robert S. Erikson and Kelly T. Rader.

"Sensitivity to Issue Framing on Trade Policy Preferences: evidence from a survey experiment."International Organization, Vol. 67, No. 2 (Spring 2013), 411-437, with Martin Ardanaz and M. Victoria Murillo.

"The Politics of Stock Market Development." Review of International Political Economy, Vol. 17, No. 2 Issue 2 (2010), 378-409, with Peter Gourevitch and Stephen Weymouth.

The Politics of Investment. Partisanship and the Sectoral Allocation of Foreign Direct Investment. Economics & Politics, Vol. 20, No. 2 (June 2008), 216-254, with Santiago M. Pinto.