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 understanding what makes an effective government in the developing country context. Within government frictions are pervasive in such settings, shaping what policies are adopted, how well or poorly they are implemented. To date, I have studied such frictions restraining the operation of government programs and organizations in Brazil.
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 May 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