Martina Viarengo is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva. She is a Fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She also serves as Associate at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and Principal Investigator of the Swiss National Center of Competence in Research. Prior to joining the Graduate Institute's faculty, Professor Viarengo was an economist at the Centre for Economic Performance of the London School of Economics and a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Professor Viarengo is a specialist in public policy, labor economics and economic development. Her research focuses on labor markets, comparative education policy and international migration. She has examined education policy, gender gaps and labor market outcomes in the OECD and developing countries in trying to better understand how to reduce poverty and inequality.
In 2018 Professor Viarengo was awarded with the Eisenhower Fellowship. In 2013 she was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Dr. Viarengo was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and she was named Newton International Fellow by the British Academy, Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering. Prof. Viarengo has served as advisor to several international organizations and governments, and is currently a senior expert in the European Expert Network sponsored by the European Commission.
She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and a Master’s Degree from Northwestern University.