Pedro Forquesato
Assistant Professor of Economics, FEA-USP


I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at the School of Economics, Business and Accounting in the University of São Paulo (FEA-USP) and lead researcher at LabPub.

Previously, I was a post-doctoral researcher at University of São Paulo (2018-2019) and Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (2016-2018), where I also earned my Doctorate in Economics in 2016. In 2014 I was a visiting scholar at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. You can find more detailed information about my professional activities in my [Lattes CV] or [Google Scholar profile].

My research interests are in the field of political and public sector economics. Currently, I am involved in projects studying patronage and the efficiency of municipal bureaucracy, as well as studying characteristics of taxation in low-income and middle-income countries.

As hobbies, I like rowing, literature, and chess. I have a wonderful wife and a cute baby son.


pforquesato [at] usp [dot] br
Avenida Professor Luciano Gualberto, 908
FEA 2 Building 217, University of São Paulo
São Paulo, SP 05508-010


Economia do Setor Público (EAE0310): (2022-) An undergraduate course in public economics for advanced students, covering public goods and externalities, social insurance, and taxation (PT-BR).

Public Finance (EAE6060/78): (2020-) A graduate course in public economics, focusing on contemporary research on economics of taxation and related topics (EN).

Econometria II (EAE6030): (2019-2021) A graduate half-semester course in econometrics, covering non-linear estimation methods, as part of the core sequence (PT-BR).

Clássicos do Pensamento Econômico (EAE0115): (2020-2021) An introduction to the work of the most important economists of the XVII-XXth centuries for first year undergraduate students (PT-BR).


Who Benefits from Political Connections in Brazilian Municipalities Under the (empirically supported) assumption that in close elections the result of the election is as good as random, I estimate a causal forest to identify heterogeneity in the conditional average treatment effect of being affiliated to the party of the winning mayor on public employment.

To the Victor Belongs the Spoils? Party Membership and Public Sector Employment in Brazil, with Fernanda Brollo and Juan Carlos Gozzi. We analyze how parties winning a mayoral election affects the number of their affiliates in the municipal bureaucracy, using close races in Brazil. We find an increase of 40% in the number of members of the winning party working in the municipal bureaucracy. Na mídia: [Nexo Jornal].

Social norms of work ethic and incentives in organizations. [Preprint] I model how incentive choice by firms and cultural values of work effort affect each other. Intuitively, firms will choose steeper incentives when agents are willing to engage in high effort, and conversely, intergenerational transmission of work values will be more profitable when incentives are higher powered.

Opinion writing

O dilema de definir preços de derivados de petróleo. Valor Econômico, 15/06/2022. (PT-BR). [img]

Atenção aos gastos tributários, with Fabiana Rocha and Luis Meloni. Valor Econômico, 03/02/2022. (PT-BR). [img]

Para entender um pouco sobre os paraísos fiscais, with Fabiana Rocha. Valor Econômico, 08/11/2021. (PT-BR). [img]

Afinal, a taxação de dividendos reduz o investimento?, with Fabiana Rocha and Luis Meloni. Jornal da USP, 19/07/2021. (PT-BR).


Created by Pedro Forquesato. Last updated: June, 2022.

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