Hi! I’m Danilo Limoeiro, currently a PhD candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where I study political economy,  comparative politics and quantitative analysis. I hold a Master with distinction from Oxford University and a BA in International Relations from University of Brasilia.

My  first book, Além das Transferências de Renda, (“Beyond Income Transfers”), was recently published by University of Brasilia Press and looks at the causes of regional inequality decline in Brazil during the 2000s. Take a look at it here! Previously, I worked at the Brazilian federal government, where I served at the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Labor, the Secretariat of Strategic Affairs, among other units.

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I’ve always been puzzled by questions such as why some societies are richer, better governed and less unequal than others. In my most recent research I try to cast light on these questions by looking at the political determinants of subnational governance in Brazilian municipalities, how governmental institutions affect innovation, etc. My PhD thesis investigates firms’ interactions with governments and try to uncover the firm-level attributes determining their strategy to deal with the  public sector.  My academic work combines  qualitative methods, such as semi-structured interviews,  statistical techniques and machine learning.

You can reach me at: limoeiro@mit.edu