Filipe Campante portrait

Filipe R. Campante, PhD

Bloomberg Distinguished Professor
Academic AreaEconomics

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. Before joining JHU, he was Assistant and Associate Professor of Public Policy at Harvard (2007-18).


  • PhD, Economics, Harvard University
  • MA, Economics, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
  • BA, Economics, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ)


Selected publications

Working papers



  • The Firm and The Macroeconomy

Honors and distinctions

  • Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research
  • Editorial Board, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Comparative Economics
  • Executive Committee, Association for Comparative Economic Studies
  • 25th LACEA Anniversary Associate

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