Claudio Ferraz


Vancouver School of Economics

The University of British Columbia



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

Email: claudio.ferraz [at] or cferraz [at]

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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)


Working Papers

Voting for Quality? The Impact of School Quality Information on Electoral Outcomes, with Marina Dias. October 2019 [BREAD working paper 567New Version

Money and Politics: The Effects of Campaign Spending Limits on Political Entry and Competitionwith Eric AvisFrederico Finan, and Carlos Varjão. July 2019, New Version [Older version available as NBER working paper 23508] Submitted


Fighting Political Corruption: Evidence from Brazil, with Frederico Finan. April 2018, in Eds. K. Basu and T. Cordella "Institutions, Governance, and the Control of Corruption"

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

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

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

Political Power and Long-Run Development: Evidence from Brazil's Regime Transitionwith Frederico Finan and Monica Martínez-Bravo

Economic Shocks and Fiscal Capacity, with Dirk Foremy and Juan Santini

Making Schools Safe for Learning, with Rodrigo Soares and Eduardo Fagre

Internet, Social Media, and the Behavior of Politicians, with Filipe Campante, Pedro Souza and Pedro Tepedino

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

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

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