Mariajose Silva Vargas

PhD fellow

CV and more information on my personal website

Note: I am currently visiting the IIES at Stockholm University.

I am a PhD Fellow at the 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 countries from the Global South.

In the fall semester 2019 I visited the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University. In spring 2017 and fall 2018 I visited the IIES at Stockholm 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 Bolivian-Italian and grew up between both countries. 


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