Alumni profile

Paula Nagler

Thesis: Occupational Choice in the Developing World, 2015

Promotor(s): Pierre Mohnen, Wim Naude & Milan Vodopivec

Educational Background

  • PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis at UNU-MERIT/ Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, the Netherlands (2015)
  • Advanced Studies Program in International Economic Policy Research at the Kiel Institute of the World Economy, Germany (2008/2009)
  • Diplom (equivalent to Master degree) in Economics and Latin American Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany (2002-2007)


Professional Background

  • Assistant Professor at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, the Netherlands (since 2015)
  • Research Fellow for the World Bank Project "Telling Facts from Myths: Agriculture in Africa" at the Maastricht School of Management, the Netherlands (2013-2015)
  • Teaching Assistant in Public Economics and Econometrics at Maastricht University, the Netherlands (2011-2013)
  • Policy Analyst in Social Protection Policies at the OECD Development Centre in Paris, France (2009/2010)
  • Research Assistant in Social Inclusion Policies at the International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth in Brasilia, Brazil (2009)
  • Carlo-Schmid Scholar at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC, United States (2006/2007)
  • Intern and DAAD-Fellow at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago de Chile, Chile (2005/2006)



Thesis Title: Occupational Choice in the Developing World


The thesis consists of two parts: the first part analyzes determinants and productivity of non-farm enterprises in rural Africa, the second part analyzes the impact of a new unemployment protection scheme in Chile.

Rural Entrepreneurship in Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Non-Farm Entrepreneurship in Rural Africa: Patterns and Determinants
  • Labor Productivity in Rural African Enterprises: Empirical Evidence from the LSMS-ISA

Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts

  • How Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts Affect Employment Duration: Evidence from Chile
  • The Impact of Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts on Subsequent Employment Quality

Selected publications by Paula Nagler