Distinguished Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Director, Center for Public Policy
Expertise: Political Economy, Globalization, Fiscal Policy and Taxation, Political Representation, Quantitative Methods
Pablo M. Pinto is a professor at the Hobby School of Public Affairs and director of the Hobby School's Center for Public Policy. 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 received a law degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina and previously served as the co-editor of the journal Economics & Politics.
Prior to joining the University of Houston in 2014, Pinto was a member of the faculty of Columbia University. He also 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. Pinto also worked as chief counsel for Toyota Argentina.
Pinto’s academic research analyzes the various ways in which interactions between economic agents, foreign and domestic, and governments produce distinct economic and political outcomes at home and abroad. Pinto's areas of expertise are international and comparative political economy, comparative politics and quantitative methods. His research can be organized thematically around six areas: the political economy of trade, investment, sourcing and global production networks; the local, regional and national causes and consequences of economic integration; the role of ideology, socialization and self-interest in the formation of individual public policy preferences; local, regional and national determinants of growth, development, fiscal policy and taxation; political representation, turnout and voting; and quantitative methods for social science research.
Pinto 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 in such scholarly publications as International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, Electoral Studies, International Studies Quarterly, Economics & Politics, Political Analysis, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, the Review of International Political Economy, and Latin American Politics & Society.