Alvaro La Parra-Perez


PHONE: 801.648.9775





Alvaro La Parra-Perez earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Maryland in 2014 and is currently an associate professor in the Department of Economics at Weber State University.

His fields of interest are economic history, political economy, and institutional economics. His research focuses on the interaction of politics and economics.

He teaches or has taught courses on the Economic History of the United States, Principles of Microeconomics, Economics as a Social Science, Intermediate Microeconomic Theory, and History of Economic Thought. Previously, he also taught American Economic History before the Civil War and Economic History and Modern Development at the University of Maryland.


Ph.D., Economics - University of Maryland, 2014

MA, Economics - University of Valencia, Spain, 2008

BA Economics - University of Valencia, Spain, 2007

BA Economics - University of Nantes, France, 2006


  • Best Paper at European School of New Institutional Economics 2014 (Cargèse, France) for “Fighting Against Democracy. Military Factions during the Second Republic and Spanish Civil War (1931-1939)”
  • 2020 Earl J. Hamilton Prize awarded by the Asociación Española de Historia Económica (Spanish Economic History Association) to the best article published in a non-Spanish journal for the article “For a fistful of pesetas? The political economy of the army in a non-consolidated democracy: the Second Spanish Republic and Civil War (1931–9).”


Alvaro is also an avid soccer fan both as player and as spectator. Being a lover of good soccer, he has no option but being a resolute Barcelona supporter.






  1. “Consensus Among Economists – A Sharpening of the Picture,” with Doris Geide-Stevenson. Journal of Economic Education, forthcoming.
  2. “Recent trends in publications of economic historians in Europe and North America (1980–2019): an empirical analysis,” with Nadia Fernández de Pinedo and Félix Muñoz. Cliometrica, 17(1), 2023, pp. 1-22.
  3. “EconHist: A relational database for analyzing the evolution of Economic History (1980-2019),” with Nadia Fernández de Pinedo and Félix Muñoz. Historical Methods: A Journal of Quantitative and Interdisciplinary History, 55(1), 2022, pp. 45-60.
  4. “For a Fistful of Pesetas? The Political Economy of Military Factions in a Failed Democracy: the Second Spanish Republic (1931-1939).” The Economic History Review, forthcoming, 2019.
  5. “It Was Personal: Politics and Military Promotions in the Second Spanish Republic (1931–6).” Revista de Historia Económica – Journal of Iberian and Latin American Economic History, forthcoming, 2019
  6. “Disloyalty and Logics of Fratricide in Civil War: Executions of Officers in Republican Spain, 1936-1939.” With Theodore McLauchlin. Comparative Political Studies, 52(7), June 2019, pp. 1028-1078.
  7. “Spain is Not Different. Institutional Development and the Army in the Second Spanish Republic and Civil War” Revista Universitaria de Historia Militar, 9(5), pp. 52-74, June 2016.


  1. “Disloyalty and Logics of Internecine Violence in Civil War: Executions of Officers in Republican Spain, 1936-1939.” (also titled “Fearing Betrayal, Betraying Fear? Executions of Officers in Republican Spain, 1936-1939.”) (with Theodore McLauchlin)

  • 2017. Utah State University Economics Workshop. Logan, Utah, October 30.
  • 2017. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California. August 31-September 3.
  • 2017. International Business Research Conference. Universidad Austral, Rosario, Argentina, August 4.
  1. “Fighting Against Democracy: Military Factions in the Second Spanish Republic and Civil War (1931-1939)”
    • 2013. Seminario Permanente de Historia e Instituciones Económicas, Colegio de México, November 26
    • 2013. Seminarios Aplicados del CIE. ITAM, November 28
    • 2014. Workshop on Order, Conflict, and Violence. Yale University, March 25
    • 2014. Economics Seminar. Clemson University, September 26
    • 2014. Workshops of the Área de Historia e Instituciones Económicas.
    • Universitat de València, December 18


  1. “Fearing Betrayal, Betraying Fear? Executions of Officers in Republican Spain, 1936-1939.” (with Theodore McLauchlin)
    • 2016. Workshop on Micro-Comparative Studies of 20th Century Conflicts. Yale University, New Haven, April 23-24.
  2. “Fighting Against Democracy: Military Factions in the Second Spanish Republic and Civil War (1931-1939)”
    • 2014. European School on New Institutional Economics. Cargèse, France. May 19-23
    • 2014. International Society for New Institutional Economics Annual Conference. Durham, North Carolina. June 19-21
    • 2014. Economic History Association Annual Meeting. Columbus, Ohio. September 12-14
    • 2015. Association Française de Science Economique Congress. Rennes, France. June 22-24