Roberta Gatti

The World Bank and CEPR

Roberta Gatti is the Social Protection Sector Manager and Lead Economist for Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa region of the World Bank. Until recently, she was part of the Development Research Group of the Bank. Her research includes extensive theoretical and empirical contributions on the economics of child labor and of intergenerational transfers, as well as on corruption, political economy, and growth. Her work was published, amongst others, in the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Economic Growth. She was involved in a number of operational projects, including the Social Sector Development and the Employment and Social Protection Projects in Romania, and the Social Inclusion Pproject in Bulgaria. She also contributed to a number of policy-oriented studies on poverty assessment, local social services delivery study, fiscal decentralization, and investment climate in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and has taught courses on development and growth at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.