- Criminal Law
- Criminal Procedure
- Election Law
- International Law
- Comparative Law
- Empirical Legal Studies
- Law and Economics
Miguel de Figueiredo’s research is broadly focused on accountability and compliance in challenging institutional and behavioral settings. His writing and teaching focuses on the areas of criminal law, law and development, corruption, voting behavior, election law, and judicial behavior. His current work (1) examines the effects of sentencing for drunk driving; (2) probes the effects of pretrial detention and expungement on recidivism and employment; (3) studies the effect of assigning youth to the juvenile versus adult justice system; (4) analyzes the impact of corruption and information on voting behavior; and (5) examines peer effects in judicial decisions. His research has been supported by the Arnold Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, UC Berkeley’s Survey Research Center, UC Berkeley’s Center for Effective Global Action, and Yale Law School’s Oscar M. Ruebhausen Fund.
Professor de Figueiredo received a JD from Yale Law School and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to arriving at UConn School of Law, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Northwestern University School of Law.
Miguel de Figueiredo, Throw Away the Key or Throw Away the Jail? The Effect of Punishment on Recidivism and Social Cost, 48 Ariz. St. L.J. 1017-1097 (2015) (Formerly titled Throw Away the Jail or Throw Away the Key? The Effect of Punishment on Recidivism and Social Cost)
Miguel de Figueiredo, When Do Voters Punish Corrupt Politicians? Experimental Evidence from Brazil, Under Review (with F. Daniel Hidalgo and Yuri Kasahara)