Social Scientist & Entrepreneur
fmg229 [at] nyu.edu
Research practice, experimental design, and accountability for public service delivery
Ph.D. Political Science, New York University, 2010
M.A. (with distinction) International Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 1999
B.A. Politics, Philosophy and Economics, Oxford University, 1996
Cambridge Social Science Decision Lab Inc., Founder and CEO, 2013–to date
Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population, Research Fellow, 2010–2013
World Bank Group, Development Economics Vice Presidency, Staff Economist, 1999–2006
World Bank Group, Development Impact Evaluation Initiative, consultant, 2013.
International Monetary Fund, Political Economy Analysis Toolkit, peer reviewer, 2013.
United Nations University, World Institute for Development and Economics Research, consultant, 2013
Martel García, F. (2014). Democracy is Good for the Poor: A Procedural Replication of Ross (2006). Research & Politics (forthcoming).
De La O, Ana L., F. Martel García (2014). Do federal and state audits increase compliance with a grant program to improve municipal infrastructure (AUDIT study): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial (see also CONSORT statement). BMC Public Health (forthcoming).
Martel García, F., L. Wantchekon (2010). Theory, External Validity and Experimental Inference: Some Conjectures. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Martel García, F. (2014). Replication and the Manufacture of Scientific Inferences: A Formal Approach.
De La O, Ana L., F. Martel García (2012). AUDIT study: To determine whether federal and state audits increase Mexican municipalities’ compliance with a federal grant program to improve municipal infrastructure. International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register (ISRCTN22381841, a detailed version registered with EGAP).
Martel García, F., and L. Wantchekon (2013). A Graphical Approximation to Generalization: Definitions and Diagrams. WIDER Working Paper WP/2013/082.
Martel García, F. (2013). A Unified Approach to Generalized Causal Inference.
Martel García, F. (2013). Definition and Diagnosis of Problematic Attrition in Randomized Controlled Experiments.
Martel García, F. (2012). Small, Slow, and Diminishing: The Effect of Democracy on the Under-five Mortality Rate.
De La O, Ana L., F. Martel García (2011). Institutions, ‘Elite Capture’ and Welfare Inequality in Mexico.
De La O, Ana L., F. Martel García (2011). How are Mayors Held Accountable Without Re-election? A Theoretical Primer.
Martel García, F. (2010). Democratic Compacts, Institutional Accountability, and Health Outcomes.
Martel García, F. (2010). Causal Inference in Time Series Cross Section: Process Matching.
Randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of federal and state level audits on municipal accountability. Fielded endline survey. 2011–2012.
Observational study investigating the social and institutional determinants of municipal infrastructure investment location choices. Trained and equipped Mexican auditors with GPS devices to collect location data for municipal infrastructure investment. 2011–2012.
McCracken Fellowship, full tuition and stipend, New York University, 2006–2010.
Spot Awards, $300–$500 for outstanding performance, World Bank, 2000–2005.
Bologna Center Fellowship, half tuition, Johns Hopkins University, 1998–1999.
Research Grant, $5,000, Leitner Program in International and Comparative Political Economy, Yale University (with co-investigator).
Research Grant, $7,000, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University (with co-investigator).
Summer Research Grant, $1,500, New York University, 2007–2009.
Travel Grant, $500, New York University, 2008.
Procedural Replication: Improving Research Practice. International Studies Association Annual Convention, Toronto, March 28, 2014.
A Solution to Generalized Causal Inference. X Meeting of the Experiments in Governance and Politics Research Network, Columbia University, New York November 23, 2013.
Testing Generalizable Theories with Social Experiments. UNU-WIDER Project Workshop on Experimental and Non-Experimental Methods in the Study of Government Performance, New York University, August 22-23, 2013.
Understanding and Diagnosing Problematic Attrition in Randomized Controlled Experiments. IX Meeting of the Experiments in Governance and Politics Research Network, University College London, May 31–June 1, 2013.
Identifying Causal Effects in Field Experiments with Attrition: A Graphical Approach. Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference, April 11–14, 2013.
Understanding and Diagnosing Problematic Attrition in Randomized Controlled Experiments. Applied Statistics Workshop, Harvard University, Department of Government, February 20, 2013.
Small, Slow, and Diminishing: The Effect of Democracy on the Under-five Mortality Rate. Harvard University, Department of Government, September 18, 2012.
The Effect of Democracy on the Under-five Mortality Rate. Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Global Health and Population, April 25, 2012.
Democratic Political Order, Institutional Accountability, and Health Outcomes. Harvard University, Department of Government, February 27, 2012.
Testing How External Audits Can Improve Service Delivery in Mexico. ieGovern Impact Evaluation for Public Sector Governance and Justice workshop, Dakar, Senegal, June 24–27, 2013.
Using Randomized Controlled Trials to Improve Policy. ieGovern Impact Evaluation for Public Sector Governance and Justice workshop, Dakar, Senegal, June 24–27, 2013.
Global Economic Risks and the Colombian Economy. Organized by the Colombian Exporters Association and La República newspaper. Bogota, Colombia, March 23, 2006.
APEC Study Centers Consortium Annual Meeting. Viña del Mar, Chile, May 27, 2004.
Making Trade Work for the Poor. Advanced Course for Government Employees. Georgetown University, Washington DC, June 7, 2004.
Second APEC Senior Officials Meeting. Pucón, Chile, May 25, 2004
XX General Assembly of Mexico’s National Agricultural Council. Mexico City, Mexico, June 2003.
Theory, External Validity and Experimental Inference: Some Conjectures, Atlantic Causal Inference Conference, Steinhardt Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology, New York University, May 20–21, 2010.
Political Economy and Ethics of Health Reform (Ph.D.): Spring 2011, Spring 2012. Co-instructor.
International Politics: Fall 2008, teaching assistant for Shanker Satyanath.
Comparative Politics: Spring 2009, teaching assistant for Joshua Tucker.
International Monetary System: Fall 1999, teaching assistant for Max Corden,
American Journal of Political Science
European Journal of Political Research
Journal of Experimental Political Science
Advised Ph.D. students on research design.
Introduced game theory to the current doctoral curriculum.
Proposed a new syllabus on health systems reform.
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University, 2010–2013
Member, American Political Science Association. Organized sections: Experimental Research, Political Methodology
Member, Experiments in Governance and Politics Research Network
Languages: Spanish (native), English, Italian, and French (basic)
Software: R, STATA, Aremos, Eviews, LaTeX, Eclipse IDE, QGIS, ArcGIS, BUGS, Libre Office, Maxima (basic), Python (basic), NetLogo (basic), HTML (basic).