Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

Marco Gonzalez-Navarro

Assistant Professor
(416) 978-5692


Marco Gonzalez-Navarro is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough, with cross-appointments to the Department of Economics and the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources. He obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University and his B.A. and M.A. from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Before taking up his position at the University of Toronto, he did a post-doctorate at the University of California-Berkeley. His research interests are in Development Economics and Urban Economics. He has published work related to the effects of land titles, spatial crime externalities, and effects of infrastructure among the urban poor. 

Research Interests: 

Development Economics

Urban Economics

Political Economy

Teaching Interests: 

MGED10 Theory and Practice of Regression Analysis

MGEC11 Introduction to Regression Analysis

Awards and Grants: 

2015 Connaught New Researcher Award University of Toronto

2013 UTSC Plumptre Award University of Toronto

2012 Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Research Grant

2012 SSHRC “The Costs of Voter Patronage”

2010 AECID “Water Cisterns in Rural Brazil”

2008 Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Research Grant

2006-2008 Fellowship of the Woodrow Wilson Scholars, Princeton University

2007 Center for Economic Policy Studies Research Grant, Princeton University

2006 Lincoln Institute for Land Policy Research Grant

2006 Industrial Relations Section Research Grant, Princeton University

2006 Research Program in Development Studies Research Grant, Princeton University

2006 Center for Health and Wellbeing Research Grant, Princeton University


“Retail Globalization and Household Welfare: Evidence from Mexico”, with David Atkin and Ben Faber, Revision requested at Journal of Political Economy.

“Paving Streets for the Poor: Experimental Analysis of Infrastructure Effects” with Climent Quintana-Domeque, conditionally accepted at Review of Economics and Statistics.

“Delinking land rights from land use: Certification and migration in Mexico” forthcoming American Economic Review, with Alain de Janvry, Kyle Emerick and Elisabeth Sadoulet.

“Are Land Reforms Granting Complete Property Rights Politically Risky? Electoral Outcomes of Mexico’s Certification Program” (2014) Journal of Development Economics, Sep. Vol. 110 pp. 216-225, with Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet.

Deterrence and Geographical Externalities in Auto Theft” (2013) American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Oct. Vol. 5 Num. 4 pp. 92-110.

“The Reliability of Self-Reported Home Values in a Developing Country Context” (2009) Journal of Housing Economics, Dec. Num. 18 pp. 311-324, with Climent Quintana-Domeque.

“Testing Purchasing Power Parity with Disaggregated Series” (2004) Gaceta de Economía, Fall, Num. 18, (in Spanish) with Francisco Rivadeneyra.

“Autocorrelation Tests” (2002) Gaceta de Economía, Spring, Num. 14, (in Spanish) with Ignacio Lobato. 



PhD, Economics, Princeton University

MA, Economics, ITAM