Marta is the Deputy Director of Young Lives and Principal Investigator of Young Lives at Work. She joined the University of Oxford 2015 and since then she has been leading the research team at Young Lives. Marta is a development economist. Her main research interests include labour economics, education economics and behavioural economics.
She has a PhD in Economics from the University of Essex (UK) and a Masters in Economics from the University of Leuven (Belgium). She has also been an IZA research affiliate since 2012 and a Researcher Fellow with the Oxford Martin Programme on African Governance since 2018.
Before joining Young Lives, Marta 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 has worked in several research projects, survey designs, impact evaluations and policy dialogue with public and private institutions in Latin America, South-Saharan Africa and Asia.