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Roberta V. Gatti

Chief Economist, Human Development Practice, World Bank Group

Roberta Gatti is the Chief Economist of the Human Development practice group in the World Bank.

Roberta joined the World Bank in 1998 as a Young Professional in the Development Research Group. Her papers, which includes theoretical and empirical contributions on labor and household economics, political economy, growth, and social inclusion, are published in international refereed journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and the Journal of Development Economics. After a period based in the Bank’s office in Bulgaria, Roberta became sector manager and Human Development Lead Economist in the Middle East and North Africa and in the Europe and Central Asia regions, overseeing work on aging, skills, jobs, pensions, social safety nets, and the Roma inclusion agenda. She also worked as Lead Economist based in the Bank’s Warsaw office and as the Global Lead for Labor policies. Roberta is the lead author of numerous World Bank flagship reports, including Jobs for Shared Prosperity: Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa and Being Fair, Faring Better: Promoting Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma.

Roberta holds a B.A. from Università Bocconi and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University. She has also taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins universities.