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Maria Carnovale
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I am an applied theorist interested in policies for development and environmental sustainability.

My research tackles development policy issues that arise when institutions have unequal power. It contributes to three fields: International Political Economy; Industrial Organization; Global Value Chain Analysis. Within this intersection I examine the institutional constraints to economic development created by global markets.

My thesis focuses on the redistributive effects of common development policies and labor or environmental standards when production is outsourced and when firms operate in oligopolistic markets. I approach this question by theoretically modeling the surplus distribution in Global Value Chains and simulating policy interventions. The purpose is to assess whether common policies actually aid their target beneficiaries.

I am a PhD Candidate at Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy. Prior to Duke, I received a bachelor degree and a master in Economics from Università Bocconi.

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