PhD candidate Mariajose Silva Vargas has been named a Robert S. McNamara Fellow at the World Bank, where she will be hosted for 2021-22 in the Infrastructure and Climate Change unit, part of the Development Impact Evaluation department, in Washington DC, USA.
As a large part of her work, Mariajose uses field experiments to address socio-economic questions in countries of the Global South. For example, she is currently running projects in Uganda to study land markets and the socio-economic integration of refugees. During her doctoral studies, she was a visiting researcher at the Institute for International Economic Studies (IIES) at Stockholm University, Sweden and the Global Poverty Research Lab at Northwestern University, USA.
Previously, Mariajose spent three years in Uganda, Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire, working for the World Bank, Innovations for Poverty Action and UN-IFAD. She holds a BA in Political Science from Roma Tre University, Italy and a MSc in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from Ghent University, Belgium and Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
Talent meets opportunity
The World Bank Robert S. McNamara Fellowships Program (RSMFP) matches aspiring development economics researchers from the Global South with research economists at the World Bank, enabling fellows to join in rigorous policy-relevant research in the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC). Fellows are hosted at the World Bank in Washington DC, USA for eight months (September to May each year) and work under the supervision of researchers in the World Bank’s Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) and Development Research Group departments. By working with World Bank DEC researchers and their external academic collaborators from top universities, fellows are able to learn about current research standards, acquire new econometric skills, and network with leading researchers in their field.
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