Associate Professor of Economics
Department of Economics
Lerner College of Business and Economics
University of Delaware

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, I attended Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon from 1983 to 1988, majoring in Economics.  I was an instructor  at Universidade Católica Portuguesa before going to graduate school in the US at the University of Rochester where I earned a Masters in Economics in 1994 and a Ph.D. in Economics in 1996.  I have since been at the Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research of the Bocconi University in Milan and at the Department of Economics of The George Washington University.  I have joined the Department of Economics of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics at the University of Delaware in August 2005.

My research and teaching interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, public finance, and political economics.  In particular, my research focuses on analyzing different aspects of fiscal policies with particular focus given to optimal fiscal policy, the political economy of public funding of education and the implementation, sustainability and reform of social security systems.  Recently, I have also been working on issues related to child labor and the impact of borrowing constraints on children's education and well-being.