Manoel Gehrke is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at UCLA. Manoel works in the fields of comparative politics, political economy and development. His dissertation research examines how politicians react to anti-corruption initiatives using natural experiments and quasi-experimental designs.
With funding from the J-PAL Governance Initiative, he is currently working on an intervention to understand politicians’ willingness to invest in institutional mechanisms that spur responsiveness to citizens’ demands in Brazilian municipalities.
He previously worked for the European Commission’s Econometric and Applied Statistics Unit. He earned a MSc. in Economics from Bocconi University, an MA in Political Economy of Development from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and a BA in Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).