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I currently work as Economist at Prometeia , in the Economic Analysis & Forecast Division. I am an applied economist with more than five years expertise in the analysis of economic data. My work focuses on risk assessment and program evaluation in agriculture, the societal and economic consequences of gender inequality, and the identification of risks and damages caused by climate-induced shocks.

I obtained a PhD from the Department of Economics at Copenhagen Business School, and a Master and a Bachelor degree in Economics and Social Sciences from Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi

Between my Master and the beginning of PhD work, I worked as Research Project Manager in Uganda, for Metajua Uganda Ltd. During my Master, I worked at the Research and Evaluation Unit of BRAC Uganda as an Intern

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Recent Projects

Access to Agricultural Labour
With Iacopo Bianchi and Cristina Clerici

This pilot study will test if female farmers in the western region of Uganda have equal access to hired labor as male farmers, and whether hiring barriers, if present, stem from supply- or demand-side constraints. We will determine if male workers demand a wage premium from female managers (supply-side issue) and will investigate if male and female managers are equally willing to pay to hire male workers, and if female managers have more difficulties finding and bargaining with workers (demand-side issue). The results will inform an intervention aimed at (i) sensitizing male workers to the challenges that women face when hiring workers, and (ii) assisting female farmers in recruiting and bargaining with labor. The goal of the study is to understand how specific programs focused on facilitating female farmers in hiring male labor increase their agricultural productivity and, ultimately, affect their welfare.

Gone with the Wind: Productive Response to Agricultural Shock
With Myriam Marending

How can we estimate the effect of a shock when assignment is not random across space? We use an identification strategy that relies on counterfactual shock simulations to estimate medium term productivity losses following a weather-induced event. Using microdata from Ethiopian farmers, we find a substantial decrease in farm profits, driven by changes in crop mix and an increase in household labour input. A producer-consumer approach reveals the farmers’ response not to be productivity-neutral in the medium term, rather partial and total agricultural productivity significantly decrease underscoring farm households’ vulnerability in light of climate extremes. The productive adaptations exacerbate profit loss over time, yet are consistent with subsistence farmers facing incomplete markets in the short term. Control measures are a cost-effective way to reduce profit losses.

Unemployment and Intra-Household Dynamics: the Effect of Male Job Loss on Intimate Partner Violence in Uganda
With Cristina Clerici

Economic conditions and male unemployment are often associated to an increase in the risk of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) against women. We examine this link in the context of Uganda. In a nationally representative sample of women aged 15-59, we find a positive and significant correlation between a woman’s partner unemployment status and her likelihood of experiencing abuse. We then complement this result by leveraging the unemployment shock resulting from sudden implementation of the COVID-19 lockdown measures in a sample of female food vendors in Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso districts. We compare the incidence of violence for women whose husbands’ occupational sectors were or were not shut down in April and May 2020. We find that husband’s unemployment increases the likelihood for women of experiencing physical violence (both sexual abuse and beating) by 4.9 percentage points (45%). The effect is immediate, but vanishes after the economic shock is absorbed, and it is not driven by women who were already victims of violence before.

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