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Diana Moreira


  • Ph.D., Business Economics, Harvard University, 2017
  • M.A., Economics, PUC-Rio, 2009
  • B.A., Economics, IBMEC, 2007


Diana Moreira is an assistant professor at the University of California, Davis, Department of Economics, and a Lemann Fellow. In the past, she has worked in the World Bank at Washington, D.C., supporting countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region and countries in South Asia. She has a Ph.D. from Harvard University. Her main research fields are development economics, and its intersection with public economics and organizational economics.

Research Focus

Diana Moreira is interested in explaining differences in government effectiveness with an emphasis in developing economies. Her goal is to shed light on issues limiting the implementation of government programs and operation of government agencies. In particular, governance and organizational limitations, as well as how structural differences, such as informality, crime, segregation and inequality, may drive the failure of programs that were successful elsewhere. She has published an ongoing work studying such limitations in the context of public service delivery in Brazil.

Selected Publications


University of California, Davis

  • Development Economics, Ph.D. level course
  • Analysis of Economics Data, undergraduate course


  • Lemann Fellow, 2015–present
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Harvard University, 2016–17
  • Lemann Brazil Research Fund, Research Grant (US$ 124,590), 2016–17
  • Harvard Business School PhD Fellowship, 2011–16
  • Weiss Family Program Fund, Research Grant (US$ 75,000), 2015–16
  • Lab for Economic Applications and Policy, Research Grant (US$ 3,000), 2015–16