Academic profile - Mariajose Silva-Vargas

I am a Research and Policy Manager at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Europe. I obtained my PhD at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University with the thesis: “Beyond Boundaries: Integrating Refugees and Consolidating Farmland. Essays in Experimental and Development Economics”. I am also Co-Founder of BOWEN - Bolivian Women in Economics Network.

I was a Robert S. McNamara Fellow at DIME - World Bank in 2021-2022. I have visited the IIES - Stockholm University for several periods between 2018-2022. In the fall semester 2019 I visited the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University. 

Previously, I worked in Uganda and Tanzania 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 in Political Science from Roma Tre University. 

I am proudly Bolivian and naturalized-Italian citizen.

Full CV here and research here 


Email: msilvavargas @
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