Catia Batista
Research Fellow

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too w Batista Catia Batista is Associate Professor of Economics at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, where she is also co-Founder and Scientific Director of the NOVAFRICA research center. Catia received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago.

Catia has research interests related to international migration and remittance flows, mobile money, entrepreneurship, technology adoption, and policy evaluation. She has done work including randomized and lab-in-the-field experiments in countries such as Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ireland, Kenya, Portugal, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.

Currently a research fellow at the CReAM center (University College London, UK), Catia has taught at the University of Chicago, University of Oxford, and Trinity College Dublin. Previously, she worked at the International Monetary Fund and Portuguese Catholic University, and consulted for the World Bank and the International Growth Center. Her academic work has appeared in outlets such as the Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and the World Bank Economic Review.

Catia is currently a Research Fellow at IZA, and joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in May 2005.
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IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
8195  Catia Batista
Tara McIndoe Calder
Pedro C. Vicente
Return Migration, Self-Selection and Entrepreneurship in Mozambique
(published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2017, 79, 797821.)
7984  Catia Batista
Janis Umblijs
Do Migrants Send Remittances as a Way of Self-Insurance? Evidence from a Representative Immigrant Survey
(published in: Oxford Economic Papers, 2016, 68 (1): 108-130. [Online First])
7839  Catia Batista
Gaia Narciso
Migrant Remittances and Information Flows: Evidence from a Field Experiment
(forthcoming in: World Bank Economic Review, 2016)
7781  Catia Batista
Janis Umblijs
Migration, Risk Attitudes, and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from a Representative Immigrant Survey
(published in: IZA Journal of Migration, 2014, 3:17 [journal version])
7765  Catia Batista
Jacques Potin
Stages of Diversification in a Neoclassical World
(published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 122 (2), 276284)
7629  Catia Batista
Dan Silverman
Dean Yang
Directed Giving: Evidence from an Inter-Household Transfer Experiment
(published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2015, 118, 2-21 [Lead Article])
5048  Catia Batista
Aitor Lacuesta
Pedro C. Vicente
Testing the 'Brain Gain' Hypothesis: Micro Evidence from Cape Verde
(published in: Journal of Development Economics, 2012, 97 (1), 32-45)
4688  Catia Batista
Pedro C. Vicente
Do Migrants Improve Governance at Home? Evidence from a Voting Experiment
(published in: World Bank Economic Review, 2011, 25 (1), 77-104)
4683  Catia Batista
Jacques Potin
International Specialization and the Return to Capital
(published in: B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics (Advances), 2015, 15 (2), 467-508)
3035  Catia Batista
Aitor Lacuesta
Pedro C. Vicente
Brain Drain or Brain Gain? Micro Evidence from an African Success Story
(substantially revised version available as IZA DP No. 5048)