I’m an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis, Department of Economics. I’m also a Lemann Fellow, a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action CEGA and an Invited Researcher for JPAL .
My current research focus is in the field of Development Economics, in particular, its intersection with Public, Political and Organizational Economics. As a researcher, I’m interested in two topics, poor governance in governments and social mobility, both of which I study in the developing country context. You can find here a short research statement. My research has been published in the Journal of Public Economics and has been featured in leading Brazilian media outlets.
I earned a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. In the past, I worked in the World Bank at Washington DC supporting countries in the Latin America and Caribbean Region and countries in the South Asia Region.
Tel: +1 (530) 754-1553
Department of Economics
1140 SSH building, University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
ECN 290: Development As Effective Governments
ECN 102: Analysis of Economic Data
If you are a current student, please check the syllabus for updated OH or by appointment.
(with Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan)
Journal of Public Economics, October 2012
(with Emanuel Ornelas)
EconomiA, Aug 2008
(with Jonas Hjort, Gautam Rao, and Juan Santini)
Conditionally Accepted, American Economic Review
(with Mitra Akhtari and Laura Trucco)
Revise and Resubmit, Resubmitted, American Economic Review
Previously circulated as: Recognizing Performance
(with Santiago Pérez)
Full draft coming soon
(with Santiago Pérez)
(with Michela Carlana, Vladmir Ponczek and Raissa Fabregas)
Funding from Lemann Brazil Research Fund, Weiss Family Program Funds
(with Gustavo Fernandes, Guilherme Lichand, Joana Naritomi, Blenda Leite and Daniel Faleiros)
“How Research Affects Policy: Experimental Evidence from 2,150 Brazilian Municipalities” Audio and Video: [VoxDev] In print: [NPR - Planet Money] [LiveMint] [El Comercio] [Folha de Sao Paulo] [Nexo Jornal] [Folha de Sao Paulo]
“Success Spills Over: How Awards Affect Winners and Peers Performance in Brazil” Audio and Video: [UChicago - Social Interaction and Education Conference] In print: [O Globo]
“Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover and The Quality of Public Services” In print: [O Globo]