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Filipe Campante

Filipe Campante

Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs and International Research Cooperation

Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor


Filipe Campante is the Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of International Economics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and at the Department of Economics at the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. From 2019 to 2021, he served as the Vice Dean for Education and Academic Affairs at SAIS. Campante is interested in political economy, development economics, and urban/regional issues. His research looks at what constrains politicians and policy makers beyond formal checks and balances: cultural norms, institutions, media, political protest. In particular, his research has focused on how these informal constraints are affected by the spatial distribution of people and economic activity, by access to information, by the evolution of cultural norms, and by the structure of the economy.

Campante's work has appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics, among others. It has also received multiple mentions in outlets such as the New York Times, Science, NPR, Washington Post, The Economist, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Politico, among others. Campante is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and was previously Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University. 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.



  • Political Economy
  • Development Economics
  • Urban and Regional Issues

In the News

What kind of macroeconomics is useful when formulating policy?

Filipe Campante participated in London School of Economics webinar, 11/16

Coronavirus in Brazil.

Filipe Campante interviewed on NTN24, 03/22

Hopkins professors call for Trump's removal after rioters storm Capitol building.

Filipe Campante and Sarah Parkinson quoted and Daniel Honig cited in Johns Hopkins News - Letter, 01/08

Republican election success will dictate 'scorched earth' opposition.

Filipe Campante interviewed in Folha International, 11/07

Elections in the time of COVID-19.

Filipe Campante interviewed on The Brazilian Report podcast, 10/07

Brazil, Bolsonaro, and COVID-19.

Filipe Campante interviewed on Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Relations, 7/5

Republicans successfully politicized Ebola. Can they do it again in 2020?

Filipe Campante interviewed for Niskanen Center’s The Science of Politics podcast, 4/22

Trump has a gut feeling about what COVID-19 means for 2020

Filipe Campante quoted in The New York Times, 4/15

How economists are trying to answer coronavirus questions.

Filipe Campante quoted in The New York Times, 4/5