Paula Nagler

Paula Nagler

Head of Urban Economics and Governance Department, Assistant Professor

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+31 10 408 9834

Paula Nagler is an economic researcher at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS). She is the Head of the Urban Economics and Governance Department and teaches at the Urban Economic Development: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Master track. Her research focuses on entrepreneurship and labour markets, social protection policies and inclusive innovation. Paula has approximately ten years of experience with public policy analysis, impact evaluation and micro-data analysis in a developing context. She has worked extensively with household surveys and administrative databases. Previous to her position in Rotterdam, she worked at Maastricht University and in various international organizations (IDB, UNDP, OECD) and consulted for the World Bank, UNIDO, and political foundations. Paula obtained her PhD in Public Policy and Policy Analysis at the United Nations University-MERIT (Maastricht, NL). She also taught various courses in public economics, econometrics and public policy analysis. The geographical focus of her work is on Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Nagler, P. and W. Naudé (2017). Non-Farm Entrepreneurship in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa: New Empirical Evidence. Food Policy, 67:175-191.
Naudé, W. and P. Nagler (2015). Inclusive Industrialization and Entrepreneurship. Development, 58(4): 500-510.
Nagler, P. (2013). How Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts Affect Employment Duration: Evidence from Chile. IZA Journal of Labor & Development, 2:9.
(also available as UNU-MERIT Working Paper No. 2013-039)

Nagler, P. and W. Naudé (2018). Nonfarm Enterprises in Rural Africa (Chapter 9). In: Christiaensen, L. and L. Demery (Eds.). Agriculture in Africa: Telling Myths from Facts. Directions in Development - Agriculture and Rural Development (pp. 75-84). Washington, DC: The World Bank.

Naudé, W. and P. Nagler (2017). Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Germany. IZA Discussion Paper No. 11194.
Nagler, P. (2017). A Profile of Non-Farm Household Enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa. UNU-MERIT Working Paper No. 2017-048.
Naudé, W. and P. Nagler (2015). Industrialization, Innovation, Inclusion. UNU-MERIT Working Paper No. 2015-043.
Nagler, P. (2015). The Impact of Unemployment Insurance Savings Accounts on Subsequent Employment Quality. UNU-MERIT Working Paper No. 2015-026.
Nagler, P. and W. Naudé (2014). Young Entrepreneurs in Rural Africa: Prevalence, Determinants, Productivity. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8564.
Nagler, P. and W. Naudé (2014). Non-Farm Enterprises in Rural Africa: New Empirical Evidence. Policy Research Working Paper No. 7066. Washington, DC: The World Bank.
Nagler, P. and W. Naudé (2014). Labor Productivity in Rural African Enterprises: Empirical Evidence from the LSMS-ISA. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8524.
Nagler, P. and W. Naudé (2014). Non-Farm Entrepreneurship in Rural Africa: Patterns and Determinants. IZA Discussion Paper No. 8008.

Naudé, W. and P. Nagler (2017). Technological Innovation and Inclusive Growth in Germany. Inclusive Growth for Germany: Edition 18. Bertelsmann Stiftung.

Le, N.T.Q., Nagler, P. and E. Calza (in progress). Survival and Exit of Non-Farm Household Enterprises: Evidence from Nigeria.

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