Mariajose Silva Vargas

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
8. Population, Development and Labour Economics
4. Governance and institutions
6. Migration and Development

CV and more information on my personal website

I am a Robert S. McNamara PhD Fellow at DIME - World Bank, PhD Fellow at UNU-MERIT United Nations University and School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University, and currently based at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University. I use field experiments to answer socio-economic questions in the Global South. My research focuses on the social and economic integration of refugees and complex constraints in land markets. 

I have visited the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University for several periods between 2018-2021. In the fall semester 2019 I visited the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University. 

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 (La Paz) and a naturalized Italian citizen (Rome).


Dr. Ir. Eleonora Nillesen (UNU-MERIT & Maastricht University)

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)


Selected publications by Mariajose Silva Vargas