I received a PhD in Economics from MIT in June 2021, and am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

I'll be joining the faculty of Yale University in July 2024 as an Assistant Professor of Economics and Global Affairs, in a joint appointment between the Department of Economics and the Jackson School of Global Affairs. Before then I will spend a year at Princeton University as an IES Fellow, followed by a year at Yale as a Cowles Postdoctoral Associate.

My research interests are in Development, International Trade, and Labor. Within these fields, I am particularly interested in understanding how governments regulate firms, and the consequences therein.

CV. Google Scholar Profile. Email: mfelix@mit.edu.


Tax Administration versus Tax Rates: Evidence from Corporate Taxation in Indonesia, with M. Chatib Basri, Rema Hanna, and Benjamin Olken. Appendices here. American Economic Review 2021, 111 (12): 3827-71. Summary video here.

Research in progress

"Trade Liberalization and Modern Slavery: Evidence from Labor Inspections in Brazil"

"A Simple Model of Labor Market Concentration under Comparative Disadvantage"

"A Quasi-Experimental Approach to Identifying Labor Market Boundaries: Evidence from Brazilian Workers," with Sean Wang.

"Do Public Sector Jobs Crowd Out Talent from More Productive Activities? Evidence from Brazilian Civil Service Exams"