Research

Book:

Além das Transferências de Renda (Book, 2015)

In ‘Além das Transferências de Renda”  (‘Beyond Income Transfers’, University of Brasilia Publisher, 2015), I reported the main findings of my Master Degree thesis, where I investigated the economic catching up of the Brazilian Northeast during the 2000s.I argue that declining regional inequality in Brazil in the 2000s stemmed from a set of policies that go way beyond the Bolsa Familia program, as is commonly believed. Federal and state level policies benefitted also by increasing its productive capacities. In the book I tried to document these policies and tease out their mechanisms.  Since it was written before the PhD-level research training I got at MIT, the book is a bit rough in the edges in terms of methodological rigor. For example, the econometric models at Chapter 3 are really cookbook statistics that you learn to avoid at the first semester of a stats course. In any case, the main goal of the book is to present an  explanation for regional equalization in Brazil which differs from the then pervasive narrative that the Northeast started to grow faster due to purely assistencialist policies. More

Peer reviewed:

Beyond income transfers: The decline of regional inequality in Brazil in the 2000s (PDS, 2015)

This article seeks to explain declining regional inequality in Brazil by exploring the economic ‘catch-up’ of Brazil’s poorest region. To that end, the article analyzes income policies as well as supply-side policies aimed at improving the productive capacity of poor regions, and presents data showing that both have proven more important than the current literature suggests. The article also introduces the concept of regional Keynesian effects, and provides preliminary evidence for its relevance, to demonstrate that income policies, such as cash transfers to poor regions, have the potential to foster local output growth. More

Working papers:

Building Mini-Leviathans: Party politics and bureaucratic reform in Brazilian municipalities

Innovation and the State in Brazil: Policies, SOEs, and Institutional Fragmentation (with Ben Ross Schneider)