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Filipe Campante

Filipe Campante

Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor


Filipe R. Campante is Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at Johns Hopkins University (SAIS and Carey Business School). He 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, it 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. He tries to answer these aggregate questions — what happens to countries or states or cities — with an applied microeconomic approach.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 Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and was Assistant and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard (2007-18). 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.



  • Brazil
  • Latin America


  • Political Economy
  • Development Economics
  • Urban and Regional Issues


  • Portuguese (native)
  • Spanish
  • French

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