Claudio Ferraz

Itaú-Unibanco Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development 

Department of Economics PUC-Rio

Scientific Director for Latin America Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Email: cferraz [at]

Em português 

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Curriculum Vitae

Research Affiliate/Fellow:   

Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)

Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL),

Experiments in Governance and Politics (E-GAP)

International Growth Center (IGC)


Seminar PUC-Rio

Working Papers

Do Government Audits Reduce Corruption? Estimating the Impacts of Exposing Corrupt Politicians, with Eric Avis and Frederico Finan, May 2017. Forthcoming Journal of Political Economy

Human Capital Persistence and Development, with Rudi Rocha and Rodrigo SoaresAmerican Economic Journal: Applied Economics, October 2017, 9(4): 105-136. 

Fighting Political Corruption: Evidence from Brazil, with Frederico Finan. December 2016, forthcoming in Eds. K. Basu and T. Cordella "Institutions, Governance, and the Control of Corruption"

Making Politics Work for Development: Harnessing Transparency and Citizen Engagement, with Khemani, Stuti; Dal Bó, Ernesto; Finan, Frederico S.; Stephenson Johnson, Corinne Louise; Odugbemi, Adesinaola Michael; Thapa, Dikshya; Abrahams, Scott David. 2016 Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.    

Corrupting Learning: Evidence from Missing Federal Education Funds in Brazil ,with Frederico Finan and Diana B. Moreira. Journal of Public Economics, October 2012, Vol.96, Issues 9-10: 712-726. 

Electoral Accountability and Corruption: Evidence from the Audit Reports of Local Governmentswith Frederico Finan. American Economic ReviewJune 2011, Vol.101:1274-1311.                                             

Exposing Corrupt Politicians: The Effect of Brazil’s Publicly Released Audits on Electoral Outcomes, with Frederico FinanQuarterly Journal of EconomicsMay 2008, Vol. 123, No. 2: 703–745.  

Work in Progress

Voting for Quality? The Impact of School Quality Information on Electoral Outcomes, with Marina Dias

Monopolizing Violence in Stateless Spaces: Evidence from the Pacification of Rio’s Favelas,  with Joana Monteiro and Bruno Ottoni

Political Dynasties and the Quality of Government, with Arthur Bragança and Juan Rios

Technological Change and Labor Selection: Evidence from the Brazilian Soybean Revolution,  with Arthur Bragança and Juliano Assunção

Electoral Politics and Bureaucratic Discretion

Can Entertainment Media Undermine Dictatorships? Evidence from Brazil’s Novelas,  with A. Chong, F. Finan, E. La Ferrara, and L. Meloni

Political Alignment and Credit Favoritism, with João Manoel P. De Mello and Sérgio Leão. 

Persistence of Political Power and Economic Development, with Frederico Finan

Electoral Returns to Violence Control: Evidence from the Pacification of Brazilian Slums, with Bruno Ottoni 

Incentives to Teach: The Effects of Pay-for-Performance in Education, with Barbara Bruns

Does Autonomous Spending Work? Evidence from a Direct Cash to Schools Program, with Joana Costa

Revenue Windfalls and Social Unrest, with Fernando Aragon and Pavel Coronado