F. Daniel Hidalgo

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F. Daniel Hidalgo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his doctorate in Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley and received a BA at Princeton University. Hidalgo is a past recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation and the Fulbright program. His research focuses on the political economy of elections, campaigns, and representation in developing democracies, as well as quantitative methods in the social sciences. His work has appeared in journals such as the Review of Economic and Statistics and the American Journal of Political Science.


Hidalgo's research focuses on political representation and electoral behavior in poor and middle-income democracies, as well as applied quantitative methods in the social sciences. His current substantive research interests include the political consequences of fraud-reducing electoral reforms, the politics of natural disasters, and the role of money in politics. Hidalgo's methodological interests focus on the statistics of causal inference and the application of machine learning techniques to new forms of political data, such as images and text.

Recent Publications

"Controlling the Airwaves: Incumbency Advantage and Community Radio in Brazil" (with Taylor Boas), American Journal of Political Science. Forthcoming.

"Economic Determinants of Land Invasions" (with Suresh Naidu, Simeon Nichter, and Neal Richardson), Review of Economics and Statistics 92:3. August 2010.


17.806 Quantitative Research Methods IV: Advanced Topics