Mariapia Mendola

Research Fellow

University of Milan Bicocca

Mariapia Mendola is Associate Professor of Economics at University of Milano Bicocca and Director of the Poverty and Development Program at Centro Studi Luca d’Agliano in Milan.
She holds a B.Sc. in Economic and Social Sciences from Bocconi University in Milan. Before graduate studies, she studied at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and worked at ECLAC in Santiago. Mariapia Mendola obtained an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex in 2002 and a Ph.D in economics from the University of Milan in 2005. She has been visiting scholar at the New York University in 2006 and at the Tinbergen Institute in Amsterdam in 2008.

She has published in international journals such as the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Health Economics and Journal of Economic Geography. Her research is in the field of development economics, household and population economics, economics of migration.

She has served as consultant and policy advisor for various international organisations such as the WB, UNDP, FAO, EC, NRC in different countries in Africa, Latin America and the Western Balkans.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in February 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10462

This paper examines the causal effects of family size and demographic structure on offspring's international migration. We use rich survey data from Mexico to estimate the impact of sibship size, birth order and sibling composition on teenagers' and young adults' migration outcomes. We find no empirical support for the hypothesis...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10444
published in: Markets, Governance and Institutions in the Process of Economic Development, Oxford: OUP, 2017.

This paper investigates the impact of internal migration on child labor outcomes in Brazil. We develop a theoretical model and evaluate it on children aged 10 to 14 using two decades of Census data. In our model, migration impacts child labor through changes in the local labor market, which is...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9269

War can have long-lasting effects on individual mental health through war trauma. In this paper, we explore the impact of constantly recalling painful episodes related to the 1992-1995 Bosnia and Herzegovina conflict on individual mental health in 2001 using the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scale. Potential endogeneity and...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8066
published in: World Economy, 2017, 40 (4), 678-702.

This paper investigates the labor market effect of international migration on child work in countries of origin. We use an original cross-country survey dataset, which combines information on international migration with detailed individual-level data on child labor at age 5-14 in a wide range of developing countries. By exploiting both...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7981
published in: Scandinavian Journal of Economics, 2015, 117(2), 592-618

This paper provides the first direct evidence on the determinants of link formation among immigrants in the host society. We use a purposely-designed survey on a representative sample of Sri Lankan immigrants living in Milan to study how migrants form social links among them and the extent to which this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7362
forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Geography

Using census data for 1996, 2001 and 2007 we study the labor market effect of immigration to South Africa. The paper contributes to a small but growing literature on the impact of South-South migration by looking at one of the most attractive destinations for migrant workers in Sub-Saharan Africa. We...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5920
published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26 (2), 555-591

We investigate how emigration flows from a developing region are affected by xenophobic violence at destination. Our empirical analysis is based on a unique survey among more than 1000 households, collected in Mozambique in summer 2008, a few months after a series of xenophobic attacks in South Africa killed dozens...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5870
published in: Journal of Health Economics, 2014, 35, 94-108

Evidence on the role of parental health on child schooling is surprisingly thin. We explore this issue by estimating the short-run effects of parents’ illness on child school enrollment. Our analysis is based on household panel data from Bosnia-Herzegovina, a country whose health and educational systems underwent extensive destruction during...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3146
published in: Research in Labor Economics, 2009, 29, 167-195

The labor market outcomes of ethnic minorities in advanced societies and their dependence on social relationships and membership in social networks are important empirical issues with significant policy consequences. We use detailed micro-data on multiple-origin ethnic minorities in England and Wales and a discrete choice model to investigate these issues....