I am a microeconomist who specializes in Pricing, Mergers & Acquisitions and Antitrust Policy and author of the recently released book “Confessions of an Economist’s Heart”. I have an unusual international background, having lived on five different continents, which puts me in an excellent position to work in cross-country strategy and analysis. Coming from Brazil, and having lived in Angola, New Zealand, France and the United States I have a strong interest in the impact of different competition policies upon market structures.

My previous work experience includes Senior Pricing Analyst and Mergers’ Analyst at Ultragaz, the largest Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) distributor in Brazil, with 46 percent market share. My current research interests are in M&A, Antitrust, Pricing Strategy, Energy Markets and Industrial Organization. My work at the University of Kansas has been to evaluate the state of antitrust/competition policy by estimating potential cross-market anti-competitive effects of mergers; deriving and simulating the impact of gained merger efficiencies on post-merger prices; as well as identifying the impact of common ownership within American health care industry.

I have completed my MSc Economics at The University of Kansas (KU) in the U.S. and am working towards completing the PhD program there. I have a BSc in Economics from Ibmec (Brazilian Institute of Capital Markets) in Brazil and a BA European Management from the Université de Strasbourg (EM Strasbourg) in France. I am fluent in English, Portuguese and proficient in French and Spanish. I am the Manager of Professional Development at Golden Key International Honour Society University of Kansas chapter; a Global Fellow at the Midwest Foreign Policy Institute and writer of the blog Dutraeconomicus.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Industrial Organization
  • Antitrust Policy
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Law and Economics
  • Collusion and Cartels
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Oligopolistic Markets

Teaching Interests

  • Industrial Organization
  • Antitrust Policy
  • Economics of Strategy
  • Game Theory
  • Managerial Economics
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Other Restructuring Activities
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Economics

Other Activities

  • Professional Development Officer at Golden Key International Honour Society – The University of Kansas Chapter.