Edgar O. Castro Mendez

Edgar O. Castro Mendez

Edgar O. Castro Mendez

Postdoctoral Fellow

Experimental Economics, Public Economics, Political Economy

I am a post-doc fellow at Mason Korea. My research focuses on applied microeconomics, specializing in public economics and market interventions. I use laboratory and field experiments, along with observational data, to provide insights and policy implications for real-world problems. I've worked for private and public institutions, including the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC, where I contributed to taxation policy in Argentina, and the Colombian Ministry of Labor where I worked as a consultant. I earned my Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University.

Current Research

“Hoarding and Price Restrictions” (with Cesar Martinelli)

“How does flexibilization of public procurement affect its efficiency?” 

“Patronage Networks and Favoritism in Colombian Public Procurement” (with Hugo Diaz)

“Collective Deliberation: Theory and Experiment” (with Mikhail Freer and Cesar Martinelli)

 

Selected Publications

Carrillo, P. E., Castro, E., and Scartascini, C. (2021). Public good provision and property tax compliance: Evidence from a natural experiment. Journal of Public Economics, 198:104422.

Education

Ph.D. in Economics, George Mason University.

B.A. in Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia

M.A. in Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia