Julio A. Ramos Pastrana

Assistant Research Professor of Public Policy. The Pennsylvania State University School of Public Policy

Faculty Affiliate. C-SoDA, Penn State University

Associate. Population Research Institute, Penn State University

External Faculty Affiliate. Ostrom Workshop, Indiana University

Editorial Assistant. Journal of Public Policy 2021-2022

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Research Interests : Political Economy, Public Finance, and Health Economics


Who’s Getting the Office: Party Dominance and Elected Executives Career Path
Julio A. Ramos Pastrana
Kyklos, Volume 74, Issue 2, Pages 270-297, 2021.

“Hit From Abroad: Party Dominance and the Fiscal Response to External Economic Shocks” - Online First, Economics & Politics Gated SSRN

“The Spanish Mission Legacy on Native American Reservations”, jointly with Lee J. Alston and Marie Duggan NBER SSRN - Accepted at Journal of Historical Political Economy

Working Papers

“The Institutional Legacy of the Mexican Rancho System in California”, jointly with Dean Lueck - Revisions requested at Journal of Law & Economics

“Interest Groups, Partisan Politics, and Environmental Polarization”, jointly with Dean Lueck and Gustavo Torrens - Revisions requested at Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization

“Finding Fraud: Enforcement, Detection, and Recoveries after the ACA”, jointly with Victoria Perez - Revisions requested at International Journal of Health Economics and Management

“Do Political Hawks Prioritize Different Policies Than Technocrats? Politicization and Governors’ Spending Priorities”, jointy with Johabed G. Olvera and Claudia N. Avellaneda - Submitted

“Moving for Welfare: The Effect of ACA Medicaid Expansion on Homelessness”, jointly with Johabed Olvera and Hilary Wething - Submitted

“Improving Maternal and Infant Health Through Prenatal Care Home Visits”, jointly with Johabed G. Olvera - Submitted

Work in Progress

“Reelection Incentives, Political Budget Cycles and Fiscal Policy: Evidence from Mexico’s Local Governments”, jointly with Gustavo Torrens

“Opioid Prescribing Restrictions and Homelessness: Evidence from Hydrocodone Rescheduling”, jointly with Felipe Lozano-Rojas, Johabed G. Olvera and Sumedha Gupta

“Economic and Ideological Motivations of Bureaucrats Decision-Making: Evidence from Brazil”, jointly with Paula Rettl, Anthony Bertelli, and Tainá Souza

“The Economic Effect of Dominant-Party Alternation in Mexican States”, jointly with Francisco A. Castellanos-Sosa

“Term limits, local government performance and performative behaviors in the municipal council”, jointly with Ricardo A. Bello-Gomez



Economic Analysis for Public Policy (PPOL 802), Penn State University (Fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022)

Public Policy Analysis (PPOL 809), Penn State University (Spring 2021)

Political Economy (ECON 407), Penn State University (Spring 2022)

Policy and Program Evaluation (PPOL 810), Penn State University (Spring 2022, Spring 2023)

Statistics for Public Policy II (PPOL 506), Penn State University (Spring 2023)

Teaching Assistant:

Theory of Prices and Markets I (Microeconomics 1st year PhD sequence course), Indiana University (Fall 2018, Fall 2019)

Theory of Prices and Markets II (Microeconomics 1st year PhD sequence course), Indiana University (Spring 2016, Spring 2019)

Introduction to Microeconomics, Indiana University (Fall 2015)