Mauricio G. Villena


Submitted Papers

  1. Viñeta “Techno-economic analysis of alternative thermal storage materials for CSP plants: First attempt towards applying lithium based nitrates” with Macarena Montané and Gustavo Cáceres.

  2. Viñeta“Corruption, Whistleblowing and Social Norms” with Marcelo J. Villena & Rodrigo Harrison [PDF]

  3. Viñeta “Reciprocity and trust: Personality psychology meets behavioral economics” with R. Guzmán, R. Harrison & N. Abarca [PDF]

  4. Viñeta“A Longitudinal Parametric Approach to Estimate Local Government Efficiency” with F. Pacheco & R. Sánchez [PDF]

Recent Papers

  1. ViñetaFiscal Sustainability and Cyclically-Adjusted Balance Policy: Methodology and Analysis for Chile” with C. Gamboni, Andrés Tomaselli & Alejandra Vega, Cepal Review, forthcoming [PDF]

  2. Viñeta “Credit Constraints in Higher Education in a Context of Unobserved Heterogeneity” with E. Rojas & R. Sánchez, Economics of Education Review, Volume 52, June 2016, Pages 225–250 [PDF]

  3. Viñeta “Unintended Consequences of Childcare Regulation: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design” with E. Rojas & R. Sánchez, Journal of Applied Economics. Volume XIX, No. 1 (May 2016), 1-40. [PDF]

  4. Viñeta “Transportation Costs, Agricultural Expansion And Tropical Deforestation” with I. Lucich and M.J. Quinteros, Ciencia e Investigación Agraria, 2015, Volume 42, Issue 2 (August), Pages 153-169. [PDF] 

  5. Viñeta “Innovation and business research in Latin America: An overview” with S. Olavarrieta, Journal of Business Research, Volume 67, Issue 4, April 2014, Pages 489-497. [PDF]

  6. Viñeta“Applying a Bio-Economic Optimal Control Model to Charcoal Production: The Case of Slash and Burn Agriculture in Mexico” with F. Arrocha, Ciencia e Investigación Agraria, 2012, Volume 39, Issue 3 (December), Pages 489-504. [PDF]

  7. Viñeta “Subject-specific performance information can worsen the tragedy of the commons: Experimental evidence” with F. Zecchetto, Journal of Economic Psychology, 2011, Volume 32, Issue 3, Pages 330-347. [PDF]

  8. Viñeta “Learning and evolution of social norms” with R. Harrison, Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, 2010, ESL Entry: 00633 [PDF]

  9. Viñeta “The Optimal Pricing of Pollution When Enforcement is Costly” with J. K. Stranlund and C. Chávez, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management,  2009, Volume 58, Issue 2, Pages 183-191. [PDF]

  10. Viñeta “The Choice of Policy Instruments to Control Pollution under Costly Enforcement and Incomplete Information” with C. Chávez and J. K. Stranlund, 2009, Journal of Applied Economics, Volume XII, Issue 3 (November), Pages 207-227. [PDF]

In Spanish

  1. Viñeta “Eficiencia de los Gobiernos Locales y sus Determinantes: Un análisis de Fronteras Estocásticas en Datos de Panel para Municipalidades Chilenas” with F. Pacheco & R. Sánchez, Estudios de Finanzas Públicas, 2013, Pages 1-52 [PDF] 

  2. Viñeta“Costos de Transporte como Límite a la Expansión Agrícola sobre el Bosque Tropical: El Caso del Valle del Río Apurímac-Ene, Peru”, with I. Lucich. In Asensio, Eguren and Ruíz, 2012, "Perú: El Problema Agrario en Debate. SEPIA XIV"

  3. Viñeta “Valoración Económica de Bienes Ambientales por Beneficiarios Circundantes y No Circundantes” with E. Lafuente, 2012, Cuadernos de Economía, Volumen XXXI, Número 56 [PDF]

  4. Viñeta“Una Política Fiscal de Balance Estructural de Segunda Generación para Chile” with F. Larraín, R. Costa, R. Cerda and A. Tomaselli, Estudios de Finanzas Públicas, 2011, Nº18, Pages 1-78 [PDF]

  5. Viñeta “Costos de Cumplimiento de Regulación Ambiental con Información Incompleta: Aplicación a Fuentes Fijas del PCE de Santiago, Chile” with G. Clerger, C. Chávez and W. Gómez. Estudios de Economía, 2009, Volume 36, Issue 2 (December), Pages 165-190. [PDF]

  6. Viñeta “Impacto Económico de la Política de Acuerdos de Cielos Abiertos en Chile” (with M. J. Villena and R. Harrison), Revista de Análisis Económico, Volume 23, Issue 1, Pages 107-149, 2008. [PDF]


I hold a PhD and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, England, and an M.A. from Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds, England. I also took graduate level courses at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and the Fondazione ENI Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Italy. My main area of interest is applied economics.