Joana Silva is an Associate Professor at CATÓLICA-LISBON since 2019. She has expertise in applied microeconomics, with particular focus on development, labor markets, international trade, firm dynamics, and policy evaluation. Her research has been published in leading academic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of International Economics, Review of International Economics, and other specialized outlets.

Joana has over twelve years of experience in empirical work on policy-relevant questions. She spent most of her career at the World Bank, where her research agenda focused on (i) the impact of economic policies on employment fluctuations, welfare, and long-term growth; (ii) international trade and firm performance, examining the drivers and implications of exports at the firm-level, and more broadly how business cycles and globalization affect the evolution of entrepreneurial activity and labor demand; and (iii) adjustment to economic slowdowns and crises, analyzing the channels of transmission across countries; and how firms and workers respond to these shocks. In her research, Joana has used granular data from large administrative datasets from developed and developing countries to conduct impact evaluations of social programs and economic reforms, as well as research on globalization and its impacts on growth and inequality.

Joana led several large-scale research programs on Poverty, Inequality, Labor Markets and Social programs. She has also co-authored two World Bank Regional flagship reports, and managed lending operations to several countries. She has extensive experience advising and supporting countries on the design and analysis of economic reforms, social programs and monitoring and evaluation systems. Before joining the World Bank, Joana worked at the Nottingham Center for Research on Globalization and Economic Policy  and taught at the University of Nottingham. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of Nottingham.