Catia Batista is a Professor of Economics at Nova School of Business and Economics (Universidade Nova de Lisboa), where she is also co-Founder and Scientific Director of the NOVAFRICA research center. Catia holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics of the University of Chicago.

Catia has research interests related to international migration and remittance flows, financial inclusion, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, education and policy evaluation. She has done work including RCTs and lab-in-the-field experiments in countries such as Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.

Currently a research fellow at the CReAM center (University College London, UK) and an invited researcher at J-PAL Europe (Paris School of Economics, France), Catia has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, Notre Dame University, and Trinity College Dublin. Previously, she worked at the International Monetary Fund and at the Portuguese Catholic University, and consulted for the World Bank and the International Growth Center.

Catia is currently a Research Fellow at IZA, and joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2005.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 16296
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2023, 165, 103153.
IZA Discussion Paper No. 16101
forthcoming in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2023
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14781
published in: Management Science, 2022, 68 (12), 8515 - 9218,
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14780
published in: World Bank Economic Review, 2022, 36 (4), 857 - 888
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14717
published in: Journal of International Economics, 2023, 145, 103826
IZA Discussion Paper No. 14337
published online as 'COVID-19 and Changes in Intentions to Migrate from The Gambia' in: Journal of African Economies, 27 December 2022
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12934
published in: American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings, 2020, 110, 594 - 598
IZA Discussion Paper No. 11777
published in: World Development, 2019, 117, 328-343
IZA Discussion Paper No. 8195
published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2017, 79, 797–821.
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