I’m an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis, Department of Economics. I’m also a Lemann Fellow and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for Effective Global Action CEGA.
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 how poor governance restrains developing country governments. The source of poor governance is often political. I have work, for example, on the consequences of corruption, and consequences of political discretion over personnel appointment, for the quality of public education. Poor governance also arises from the scope of governments and resulting complexity due to a non-centralized implementation. Thus, my research is also inspired by organizational issues. I have studied, for example, how informational friction about effective policies are a barrier for policy adoption in local governments, and how the design of educational policy influence the demand for education through social spillovers depending on classroom arrangements. As emphasized above, my research mostly departs from the benevolent and centralized forms of governments that are assumed in public economics. Yet, I borrow from public economics the system-wide and friction driven approach to think about government policy. I’m also interested in the role of benevolent-centralized government in promoting better local governments. In particular, how well designed information disclosure policies and inter-government transfers may contribute to more effective local governments.
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.
Curriculum Vitae (Updated Jan 2018)
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ECN 290: Development As Effective Governments
ECN 102: Analysis of Economic Data
Wed 2:10-3:10 pm and Fri 2.10-3:10 pm or by appointment.
(with Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan)
Journal of Public Economics, October 2012
(with Emanuel Ornelas)
EconomiA, Aug 2008
(with Mitra Akhtari and Laura Trucco)
Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review
Previously circulated as Success Spills Over
(with Jonas Hjort, Gautam Rao, and Juan Santini)
Funding from JPAL GI exploratory grant, Lemann Brazil Research Fund, Weiss Family Program Fund for Research in Development Economics
(with Santiago Perez)
(with Michela Carlana and Raissa Fabregas)
Funding from Lemann Brazil Research Fund
(with Claudio Ferraz)
(with Raissa Fabregas and Guilherme Lambais)
Recognizing Performance: How Awards Affect Winners and Peers Performance in Brazil [O Globo]