Coming out of the shadows? Estimating the impact of bureaucracy simplification and tax cut on formality in Brazilian microenterprises (with Juliano Assunção), Journal of Development Economics, Volume 99, Issue 1, September 2012, pages 105–115. [link]
Is mineral wealth a passport to the future? Evidence from oil royalties payments to Brazilian municipalities (in portuguese). In: Castelar, A. And Veloso, F. (editors), Rio de Janeiro: Um Estado em Transição, 2012. Rio de Janeiro: FGV Editora. [link]
Soybeans in the Savannahs of Brazil (with Angela Rocha and Beatriz Kury). In: Sabel, C; Fernández-Arias, E.; Hausmann, R.; Rodríguez-Clare, A. and Stein, E. (editors), Export Pioneers in Latin America, 2012. Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank. [link]
The Rise and Fall of Furniture Exports in São Bento do Sul- Brazil (with Angela Rocha, Beatriz Kury and Alexandre Darzé). In: Sabel, C; Fernández-Arias, E.; Hausmann, R.; Rodríguez-Clare, A. and Stein, E. (editors), Export Pioneers in Latin America, 2012. Washington, D.C.: Inter-American Development Bank.
The diffusion of exporting in Brazilian industrial clusters (with Angela Rocha and Beatriz Kury). Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, Volume 21, Nos. 5–6, September–November 2009, 529–552. [link]
Labor Contract Determination in Brazilian Microenterprises (with Juliano Assunção) (in Portuguese), Pesquisa e Planejamento Econômico, Volume 39, n 1, 2009. [link]
Research papersMedia Networks and Political Accountability: Evidence from Radio Networks in Brazil (with Horacio Lareguy), 2014. [link]
Drug Battles and School Achievement: Evidence from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (with Rudi Rocha), 2013.  [resumo em português]
Abstract: This paper examines the effects of armed conflicts between drug gangs in Rio de Janeiro's favelas on student achievement. We explore variation in violence that occurs across time and space when gangs battle over territories. Within-school estimates indicate that students score less in math exams in years in which they are exposed to drug battles. Our findings suggest that the effect of violence increases with conflict intensity, duration, and proximity to exam dates; and decreases with the distance between the school and the conflict location. Finally, we find that school supply is an important mechanism driving the achievement results; armed conflicts are associated with higher teacher absenteeism, principal turnover, and temporary school closings.
Learning to Punish. Resource Windfalls and Political Accountability (with Claudio Ferraz), 2014. [new version coming soon]
Abstract: We use exogenous variation from oil-based revenues paid to local governments in Brazil to test whether voters reward incumbent mayors for increasing government spending and whether this reward varies over time as voters learn about the source of revenues and public service delivery. We find that an unexpected increase in oil-based revenues increase reelection rates for incumbents in the short-run. However, when we look over different elections allowing voters to learn about the revenue windfall and public goods' provision, we find different results. The reelection rates of incumbents, in elections that occur 10 years after the beginning of the oil boom, is lower when municipalities had an early oil windfall, when a large share of voters are informed (i.e.high media penetration and educated), and when public services and local development have not improved over the past decade.
Misallocation and Manufacturing TFP in Brazil (with Claudio Ferraz), 2009.
The Emergence of New and Successful Export Activities in Brazil: Four Case Studies from the Manufacturing and the Agricultural Sector (with Angela Rocha, Alexandre Darzé and Beatriz Kury Pereira). IDB Research Network Working Paper #R-550. [link]
The role of flagship firms, external actors, and support institutions in the emergence of successful export activities in Brazil (with Angela Rocha and Beatriz Kury Pereira). IDB Research Network Working Paper #R-557. [link]
Assessing the Impact of the Micro and Small Enterprise Trade-Led Growth Project of USAID/Brazil (with Bonnie Brusky), 2008. [link]