Manoel Gehrke is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Bocconi University. Manoel Gehrke is a researcher at CLEAN, a unit that focuses on organized crime, corruption and money laundering. Manoel Gehrke works in the fields of comparative politics and political economy of development with a regional focus on Latin America. His research investigates the effectiveness of anti-corruption interventions, the role of money in politics, electoral fraud and government responsiveness in developing democracies.
His book project examines how politicians react to anti-corruption investigations and enforcement using natural experiments and quasi-experimental designs. This project focuses on municipal corruption in Brazil. He demonstrate that politicians reactions to anti-corruption interventions moderate their effectiveness. Incriminated politicians avoid damages to their careers by re-optimizing their rent-sharing strategies: they share more of the spoils of holding office with other elected officials who are crucial for their short-term survival in government. Manoel has also conducted research in Colombia.
He received my Ph.D. in Political Science from UCLA in 2019. Previously, he earned a MSc. in Economics and Social Sciences from Bocconi University, an MA in International Politics from the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI) and a BA in Economics from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS).
Contact: gehrke.manoel (at) unibocconi.it