University of Milano Bicocca, Italy, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor, Department of Economics, University of Milano Bicocca, Italy (2014–present)
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)
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
“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.
Emigration from developing countries can change local labor market conditions and children’s work timeMariapia Mendola, August 2016International labor mobility has resulted in sweeping socio-economic changes in many developing countries. When a family member migrates for work and sends back remittances, household income may rise, and with it investment in children’s schooling. Emigration flows may also alter local labor market conditions and wage rates, which can in turn affect children’s labor supply. Whether there is more or less child labor as a result of migration may depend on the skill composition of the migrants and on how family members respond to wage changes.MoreLess