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Marta joined the Young Lives team as a Quantitative Research Officer in 2015 and is leading the quantitative research agenda. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex (UK) and a Masters in Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium). She has also been an IZA research affiliate since 2012. Before joining Young Lives, she worked as an economist at the World Bank (Young Professionals Programme) in the Poverty, Inequality and Gender Unit for the Latin America and Caribbean Region and in the Education Unit for the Africa Region. She worked in several projects, leading policy relevant research, policy and survey design and impact evaluations.
Her main research interests include labour economics (education and gender), behavioural economics (choice under uncertainty, adolescent risk behaviours), and development economics (poverty, inequality and early childhood development). Her recent work focuses on foundational skills formation and young people's behaviour (transition to the labour market, fertility decision and schooling enrolment). In addition, she investigates the role of aspirations and subjective expectations as potential self-enforcing mechanisms underlying poverty and gender inequality.
Marta has analytical, fieldwork and experience of dialogue with public and private institutions (e.g. national and local governments, academia, research centres, and schools) in countries such as Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Ethiopia and India.