Anna Maria Mayda studied Statistics and Economics at Sapienza University of Rome, where she received her degree summa cum laude. Before graduate school, she worked at the World Bank in the Latin America and Caribbean Region unit. She received a master’s degree and a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, where she was also a Doctoral Fellow at the Center for International Development. She was a visiting scholar at several institutions including the Trade Unit of the International Monetary Fund’s Research Department, the University of Milan, the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance in Rome and the Centre d’études prospectives et d’informations internationales in Paris. More recently she was Senior Economist and Senior Adviser to the Chief Economist at the US State Department during the Obama administration. She is a research affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research and the Institute of Labor Economics.
Anna Maria Mayda’s research mainly focuses on issues of trade, immigration and development economics and has been published in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of International Economics, and the European Economic Review. She has also been awarded two National Science Foundation grants. She has worked on topics such as the determinants of individual attitudes towards trade and immigration across countries, the role played by interest groups in shaping US trade and migration policy, multilateral trade negotiations and preferential trade agreements, the determinants of international migration flows, the H-1B visa, and the refugee resettlement programs in the United States.