Filipe R. Campante

Associate Professor of Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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Filipe Campante


Filipe R. Campante is Associate Professor of Public Policy. He is interested in political economy and economic development, with special emphasis on understanding the constraints that are faced by politicians and governments beyond elections and formal "checks and balances". His research has focused on the constraints imposed by the spatial distribution of population, the media, political protest, lobbying, and campaign contributions, and their effects on corruption, governance, polarization, fiscal policy, and political instability. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he holds a PhD from Harvard University, an MA from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a BA from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, all in economics.


Not Offered

  • API-121 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy


  • API-119 Advanced Macroeconomics for the Open Economy II

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Campante, Filipe R., and Davin Chor. "Schooling, Political Participation, and the Economy." Review of Economics and Statistics 94.4 (November 2012): 841-859.
    • Campante, Filipe R. "Redistribution in a Model of Voting and Campaign Contributions." Journal of Public Economics 95.7-8 (August 2011): 646-656.
    • Campante, Filipe R., Davin Chor, and Quoc-Anh Do. "Instability and the Incentives for Corruption." Economics and Politics 21.1 (March 2009): 42-92.
    • Alesina, Alberto, Filipe R. Campante, and Guido Tabellini. "Why Is Fiscal Policy Often Procyclical?" Journal of the European Economic Association 6.5 (September 2008): 1006-36.
    • Campante, Filipe R., and Francisco H.G. Ferreira. "Inefficient Lobbying, Populism, and Oligarchy." Journal of Public Economics 91.5-6 (June 2007): 993-1021.
  • Commentary
    • Campante, Filipe R., and Davin Chor. "Teaching Rebels." International Herald Tribune, February 22, 2011.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Campante, Filipe R. and Davin Chor. "'The People Want the Fall of the Regime': Schooling, Political Protest, and the Economy." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP11-018, March 2011.
    • Campante, Filipe R., and Daniel Hojman. "Media and Polarization." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP10-002, January 2010.
    • Campante, Filipe R., and Quoc-Anh Do. "A Centered Index of Spatial Concentration: Axiomatic Approach with an Application to Population and Capital Cities." HKS Faculty Research Working Papers RWP09-005, January 2009.
  • Research Papers/Reports
    • Campante, Filipe R., and Edward L. Glaeser. "Yet Another Tale of Two Cities: Buenos Aires and Chicago." NBER Working Papers 15104, June 2009.

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