Matías Fontenla

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Office:  ECON 2008
Website:  Personal website
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Matías Fontenla is a Professor of Economics at the University of New Mexico. His research focuses on development economics, return migration, and financial intermediation, with a regional interest in Latin America. He has published scholarly articles in journals such as World Development, Economics Letters, and Macroeconomic Dynamics. A native from Argentina, he got his PhD in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin, and taught at CIDE and the University of Guanajuato in Mexico before joining UNM.

Research Areas

  • Development Economics
  • Return Migration
  • Financial Intermediation
  • Latin America

Teaching Interests

  • Development Economics
  • Financial Planning
  • Latin American Economics

Selected Publications

José R. Bucheli, Matías Fontenla, and Benjamin Waddell, (2019) “Return Migration and Violence”, World Development, Volume 116, April, Pages 113-124,

Matías Fontenla, Ben Goodwin, and Fidel Gonzalez, (2019) “Pollution and the Choice of where to Work and Live within Mexico City”, Latin American Economic Review, 28: 11.

Justin Whetten, Matías Fontenla, Kira Villa, (2018) “The Long-Term Effects of Oportunidades on Higher Education.” Oxford Development Studies,

Morrison, Michael, and Matías Fontenla (2017) “Purchasing Power Parity Across Eight Worlds”, Economics Letters, Volume 158, September, pp 62–66,

Waddell, Benjamin and Matías Fontenla, (2015). “The Mexican Dream? The Effect of Return Migrants on Hometown Development”, The Social Science Journal,