Marta joined the Young Lives team as a Quantitative Research Officer in 2015, and is leading the quantitative research stream on Youth and Gender. She is also closely involved in the coordination, development and implementation of the fifth round of the Young Lives survey.
She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex (UK) and a Master in Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium). 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.
Marta has analytical, fieldwork and experience of dialogue with public and private institutions in countries such as Ecuador, Ghana, India, Liberia, Nigeria and Peru. She is also an IZA research affiliate since 2012.
Marta has ongoing research in the following areas: poverty and aspirations failure; cognitive and non-cognitive skills and risky behaviours; behavioural insights to prevent teenage pregnancy; gender stereotypes and education choices; social capital and children health. Her wider research interests include applied micro-economics; economics of education; behavioural economics and development economics.