Roberta Gatti

Chief Economist, Human Development Practice Group at The World Bank

Roberta Gatti is the Chief Economist of the Human Development practice group in the World Bank. In this capacity, she co-led the conceptualization and release of the World Bank Human Capital Index and is in charge of the Service Delivery Indicator data initiative. Roberta joined the World Bank in 1998 as a Young Professional in the Development Research Group. Her papers, which includes theoretical and empirical contributions on labor and household economics, political economy, growth, and social inclusion, are published in top field journals such as the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Economic Growth, and the Journal of Development Economics. After a period based in the Bank’s office in Bulgaria, Roberta became sector manager and Human Development Lead Economist in the Middle East and North Africa and then in the Europe and Central Asia regions, overseeing work on aging, skills, jobs, pensions, social safety nets, and the Roma inclusion agenda. While based in the World Bank Warsaw office, Roberta led the labor market reform dialogue with the Polish government and then moved to lead the World Bank global agenda for labor market policies as Global Lead for Labor. Roberta is the author of numerous flagship reports, including Jobs for Shared Prosperity: Time for Action in the Middle East and North Africa; Being Fair, Faring Better: Promoting Equality of Opportunity for Marginalized Roma; and the Human Capital Project. Roberta holds a B.A. from Università Bocconi and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and has taught at Georgetown and Johns Hopkins Universities.