Mariajose Silva Vargas

PhD fellow

Research group(s):
3. Economic Development, Innovation, Governance and Institutions

(2019 visiting IIES - Stockholm University and GPRL - Northwestern University)

I am interested in using field experiments (randomized control trials and behavioral experiments) to help answer economic and policy questions in developing countries.  This includes work on land market design, refugees livelihoods and micro-enterprises development in Uganda.

Before joining UNU-MERIT, I worked in Uganda and Tanzania for 3 years managing impact evaluations for the World Bank & Innovations for Poverty Action.  Previously, I conducted a research study in the Ivory Coast on an 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 also studied digital photography which I combine with my research experiences


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

Dr. Jonathan de Quidt (IIES - Stockholm University)

Work in progress

Do Increasing Returns to Scale Restrict Land Trade? 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)

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