Federico is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a predoctoral Research Visitor at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
His interests concentrate on the political economy of low-income sector mobilization and the comparative study of labor and social policy.
In particular, he studies the political economy of formal and informal labor markets, and the relation between political participation and redistributive and social policy preferences among informal workers.
His dissertation, "The Politics of Informality" studies organizational dynamics and policy preferences among informal workers in Argentina and Mexico, using original survey and observational data as well as insights from in-depth interviews drawn from extensive field-work in both countries.
In other related projects, he explores the causes of variation in formal labor legislation across countries in Latin America and the influence of knowledge networks on processes of labor reform in Argentina and Turkey.