Diana Moreira

Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, Davis


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Bio

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)


Contact

Email: dsmoreira@ucdavis.edu
Tel: +1 (530) 754-1553
Address:
Department of Economics
1140 SSH building, University of California, Davis
Davis, CA 95616
U.S.A.


Teaching and Advising

Teaching
ECN 290: Development As Effective Governments
ECN 102: Analysis of Economic Data

Office Hours
Wed 2:10-3:10 pm and Fri 2.10-3:10 pm or by appointment.


Publications

Corrupting Learning: Evidence from Missing Federal Education Funds in Brazil

(with Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan)

Journal of Public Economics, October 2012

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Media Coverage

The Performance of Brazil in the WTO's Dispute Resolution System

(with Emanuel Ornelas)

EconomiA, Aug 2008

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Working Papers

Political Turnover, Bureaucratic Turnover and The Quality of Public Services

(with Mitra Akhtari and Laura Trucco)

Revise and Resubmit, American Economic Review

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Media Coverage

Recognizing Performance: How Awards Affect Winners and Peers Performance in Brazil

Previously circulated as Success Spills Over

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Work in Progress

Do Research Findings Influence Policy? Experimental Evidence from 2,145 Brazilian Municipalities

(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

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Historical Bureaucracies: the Birth and Endurance of the US government

(with Santiago Perez)

Tackling Stereotypes to Encourage Brazilian Math Talent

(with Michela Carlana and Raissa Fabregas)

Funding from Lemann Brazil Research Fund

Conditional Cash (Inter-Governments) Transfers and Political Discretion

(with Claudio Ferraz)

Market-wide Disclosure of Teachers’ Quality and the Labor Markets for Teachers

(with Raissa Fabregas and Guilherme Lambais)

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Media Coverage and Policy Work

Media Coverage

Recognizing Performance: How Awards Affect Winners and Peers Performance in Brazil O Globo

Policy Work