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Applied Microeconomics Development Economics Political Economy

About

Frederico Finan is a professor in the Haas Business and Public Policy Group. He received his PhD in Agriculture and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley in 2006. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor of economics at UCLA. He is also an affiliate of Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD) and a research fellow at IZA and National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).

Education (3)

University of California, Berkeley: PhD, Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of California, Berkeley: MS, Agricultural and Resource Economics

University of Arizona: BA, Mathematics and Economics

Honors & Awards (10)

National Science Foundation, Research Grant (PI)

2009

Senate Grant

2007

Latin American Studies Grant

2007

NICHD Pilot Grant, Population Research Center

2007

NICHD Pilot Grant, California Center for Population Research

2006

Tinker Grant

2005

Institute of Business and Economic Research Grant

2004

World Bank Research Support Grant

2004

Tinker Grant

2002

Social Science Research Council Fellowship

2002

Selected External Service & Affiliations (7)

  • 2009 – present, Affiliate, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL)
  • 2009 – present, Affiliate, Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA)
  • 2009 – present, Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER
  • 2008 – present, Affiliate, Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)
  • 2007 – present, Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
  • 2010 – Associate Editor, Journal of Development Economics
  • 2006-2009 – Research Associate, California Center for Population Research

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2015

2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2009 – present, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UC Berkeley
2006 – 2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, UCLA
2004, Consultant, World Bank Group, Washington D.C.
2002, Consultant, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C.
1997 – 2000, Research Analyst, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Macroeconomics and Quantitative Studies Section, Washington D.C.

Media Appearances (5)

Why competition smashes corruption

Fin24  online

2017-11-07

"But audits matter because they change behaviour. In a 2016 National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) working paper, Eric Avis, Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan examined the extent to which government audits in Brazil reduced corruption."

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Does Higher Pay Attract Better Politicians?

Gotham Gazette  online

2016-12-05

"Economists Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan analyzed the educational and professional background of everyone who ran for municipal government in the year the amendment took effect, and tracked what the winning candidates did while in office."

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Brazil and the Bloodsuckers

Foreign Policy  online

2015-08-14

"Research by two economists, Claudio Ferraz and Frederico Finan, concludes that Brazilian democracy does function properly in this sense."

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Does money buy better politicians?

Boston Globe  online

2014-09-28

"Similar findings had appeared in a 2008 working paper by Claudio Ferraz from PUC-Rio in Brazil and Frederico Finan from University of California Berkeley."

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Four faculty members awarded Sloan Fellowships

The Daily Californian  online

2013-02-21

"Assistant professors Frederico Finan and Yuriy Gorodnichenko from the department of economics and assistant professors Bjorn Hartmann and Michael Lustig from the department of electrical engineering and computer sciences were among the 126 young men and women selected for the award."

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Selected Papers & Publications (6)

Progress and Perspectives in the Study of Political Selection Annual Review of Economics

Frederico Finan and Ernesto Dal Bo

2018

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Who Becomes a Politician? Quarterly Journal of Economics

Frederico Finan, Ernesto Dal Bo, Olle Folke, Torsten Persson, and Johanna Rickne

2017

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Do Government Audits Reduce Corruption? Estimating the Impacts of Exposing Corrupt Politicians Journal of Political Economy

Frederico Finan, Eric Avis, and Claudio Ferraz

2017

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The Personnel Economics of the State Economic Field Experiments

Frederico Finan

2015

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Strengthening State Capabilities: The Role of Financial Incentives in the Call to Public Service Quarterly Journal of Economics

Frederico FInan, Ernesto Dal Bo, and Martin A. Rossi

2013

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Corrupting Learning: Evidence from Missing Federal Education Funds in Brazil Journal of Public Economics

Frederico Finan and Diana B. Moreira

2012

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