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Federica Saliola

Lead Economist in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice

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Federica is a Lead Economist in the Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice of the World Bank. She leads the World Bank’s forthcoming flagship report "Economic transformation for jobs: Reaping the economic dividend of youth and women in MENA". As a Lead Economist in the Jobs Group, she is also responsible for a program that focuses on measuring the outcomes of jobs relevant interventions and policies, as well as to systematize the jobs measurement agenda. Prior to this position, she was Director of the World Development Report 2019 The Changing Nature of Work, which investigates the impact of technology on labor markets in developed and developing countries and recommends areas of policy action. She also was a Program Manager in the Development Economics Global Indicators Group. In that role, she was responsible for developing global programs with a focus on policies and regulations across a number of thematic areas, including agribusiness, skills, information and communication technology, public procurement and PPPs. Under her intellectual leadership, nine World Bank global reports have been published since 2014, including the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (2015, 2016, and 2017), Benchmarking Public procurement (2015, 2016, and 2017) and Procuring Infrastructure PPPs (2015, 2017, and 2018). She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including studies on firm productivity, global value chains, and the impact of regulation on growth and competition. She has also contributed to a number of World Bank reports, including the Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Golden Growth: Restoring the Luster of the European Economic Model; the Jobs Study - Assessing Private Sector Contributions to Job Creation and Poverty Reduction; and the Turkey Investment Climate Assessment: from Crisis to Private Sector Led Growth. She holds a PhD in Economics and a Laurea in Political Science from the University of Rome, la Sapienza.