Mariapia Mendola

University of Milano Bicocca, Italy, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy (2014–present)

Research interest

Development economics, household and population economics, applied microeconomics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Co-author of the First Report of the Italian Agency for Development “Towards a sustainable migration: Interventions in the countries of origin” (ongoing); Background paper prepared for the European Report on Development, European Commission (2010); Consultant for the Development Research Group and the Human Development Unit, The World Bank, Milan, Italy (2003–2008)

Past positions

Coordinator of the Development Program, Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano (LdA), Milan (2008–present); Executive Board Member, Italian Center for International Development (ICID), Rome (2015–present); Assistant Professor, University of Milano Bicocca, Department of Economics (2007–2014)


PhD Economics, University of Milan, 2005

Selected publications

  • “The formation of migrant networks.” The Scandinavian Journal of Economics 117:2 (2015): 592–618 (with M. Comola).

  • “The welfare impact of land redistribution: Evidence from a quasi-experimental initiative in Malawi.” World Development 72 (2015): 53–69 (with F. Simtowe).

  • “Parental health and child schooling.” Journal of Health Economics 35 (2014): 94–108 (with M. Bratti).

  • “Xenophobic attacks, migration intentions and networks: Evidence from the South of Africa.” Journal of Population Economics 26:2 (2013): 555–591 (with G. Friebel and J. M. Gallego).

  • “Migration and technological change in rural households: Complements or substitutes?” Journal of Development Economics 85:1–2 (2008): 150–175.