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 Research and Policy Manager at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) Europe and Ph.D. Fellow at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University. I use field experiments to answer socio-economic questions in the Global South. My research focuses on the integration of refugees in Uganda, and complex constraints in land markets. I am also a 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 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 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's 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