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Research Associate, United Nations University

Simone Schotte is a an applied microeconomist with research interests in development and labour economics, working specifically at the interface of poverty, inequality, and employment dynamics research. She joined UNU-WIDER as Research Associate in February 2019. Before coming to Helsinki, she worked at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA) and was a consultant to the World Bank. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Göttingen, Germany, where she was a member of the Globalization and Development (GlaD) research training group.

At UNU-WIDER, Simone’s main research focus is on questions related to understanding the drivers and livelihood implications of transitions between different types of formal and informal work, as well as the interlinkage between occupational change and earnings inequality dynamics in developing countries.

Simone’s research has been published in journals such as World Development, Journal of Economic Inequality, Journal of Development Studies, Kyklos, International Migration Review, among others.


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    Research Associate, United Nations University