About me

Maria_SmallI am an economist interested in policies for economic development and sustainability. I received my PhD in Public Policy from Duke University in 2019. I also hold a Master in Public Policy (Duke) and a Master in Economics (Bocconi).

My research tackles policy issues that arise when institutions have unequal power. It contributes to three fields: International Political Economy; Industrial Organization; Global Value Chain Analysis.

My work focuses on the redistributive effects of common development policies and labor or environmental standards when production is outsourced and when firms operate in oligopolistic markets. I approach this question by theoretically modeling surplus distribution in Global Value Chains and simulating policy interventions. The purpose is to assess whether common policies actually aid their target beneficiaries.

Starting in August 2019 I will be a Postdoctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins SAIS.



Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

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