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Affiliated Researcher, Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU-MERIT), United Nations University

As well as being an affiliated researcher for UNU-MERIT, Dr. Paula Nagler is an economic researcher at the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she coordinates the specialisation ‘Urban Competitiveness and Resilience’.

Her research focuses on entrepreneurship and labour markets, social protection policies and inclusive innovation. Paula has approximately ten years of experience with public policy analysis, impact evaluation and micro-data analysis in a developing context, and has worked extensively with household surveys and administrative databases.

Previous to her position in Rotterdam, she was assistant professor at Maastricht University – School of Business and Economics, where she was involved in the bachelor specialisation ‘Emerging Markets’. She also worked in various international organisations (Inter-American Development Bank, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth, OECD Development Centre), and consulted for the World Bank, UNIDO and political foundations.

Paula obtained her PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis at UNU-MERIT, where she also taught courses in public economics, econometrics and public policy analysis, and supervised bachelor and master theses. The geographical focus of her work is on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • –present
    Researcher in Urban Economic Development, United Nations University


  • 2015