Note: I am currently visiting Global Poverty Research Lab - Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University


Hola! My name is Mariajose Silva Vargas. I am a PhD Fellow at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University & UNU-MERIT. I use field experiments - behavioural experiments and randomised controlled trials - to answer economic and policy questions in developing countries. I am currently working on two projects: one related to the centralization of land markets in rural Uganda and the second related to refugees’ welfare and labour integration in East Africa.

Previously, I worked in Uganda and Tanzania for 3 years managing impact evaluations for the World Bank & Innovations for Poverty Action. Also, I conducted a research study in the Ivory Coast on an UN-IFAD's program related to ex-combatants reintegration through agriculture.

I hold a master's degree in Agricultural Economics/Rural Development from Ghent University & Humboldt University of Berlin and a bachelor from Roma Tre University.  I am Boliviana (Paceña) raised in Italia (Roma).


Dr. Ir. Eleonora Nillesen (Maastricht University & UNU-MERIT)
Dr. Jonathan de Quidt (IIES - Stockholm University)

Work in progress

A lab-in-field experiment on land trade complexity and market centralization with Dr. Gharad Bryan (London School of Economics), Dr. Jonathan de Quidt (IIES - Stockholm University) and Dr. Tom Wilkening (Melbourne University)

Improving Refugees’ Livelihoods: Evidence from an Experiment in Uganda with Francesco Loiacono (IIES - Stockholm University)


Peace and Recovery Programme (Exploratory Grant) - Innovations for Povery Action
Small Projects - International Growth Centre (IGC)


Twitter: Marijo_Silva_V

(You can also check my photographic work on this website)