I am a Professor of the School of Social Sciences at Getulio Vargas Foundation, Sao Paulo. I hold a PhD from University of Sao Paulo, and I am a fifth year PhD Candidate at the Wilf Family Department of Politics, New York University. My work concentrates in the fields of Comparative Political Economy and International Politics, investigating how institutional design affects incentives and welfare.

In my recent working papers I study how electoral systems and competition  affects corruption, how clientelism influences welfare in Brazilian municipalities, and how international institutions influence rogue state’s deterrence. Here you find information about my recent work.

I am currently designing an experiment to measure how incentives impact health care provision in Brazil.


Brazilian Address:

School of Social Sciences
Avenida Paulista, 1471, 1st Floor
Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil – 01311-927

US Address:

The Wilf Family Department of Politics.
19 West 4th Street, Rm. 417.
New York, NY, USA – 10012.

Office Hours: Wednesdays, from 9:30 to 11:30am.

Email: umberto [dot] mig [at] nyu [dot] edu.