Maty Konte BITSS CatalystEconomics

Maty Konte joined the United Nations University (UNU-MERIT) as a research fellow in Economics in 2013. Originally from Senegal, she obtained her PhD in Economics from the Aix-Marseille School of Economics in France where she was awarded the prize of Best PhD in Economics in 2013. She was awarded an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Maty is interested in policy-relevant research that addresses issues in economic development and growth, institutions, governance, and international inflows in the process of development at the country, subnational, and individual levels. Her work has been published in journals such as World Development, Journal of Comparative Economics, Feminist Economics, Applied Economics, Empirical Economics, and has appeared in media outlets such as the World Economic Forum, the Conversation, and Agence de Presse Senegalaise.

Before joining UNU-MERIT, she was a consultant and visiting scholar at UNU-WIDER in Helsinki, a research officer at the Department of Economics in Aix-Marseille, a guest researcher in the Department of Economics at the University of Washington, a visiting student in the Department of Economics at the University of Montreal, and an intern at the Bank of France.

She has acted on a volunteer basis as a Vice President and Project Manager for Women and Nature International. She has consulted for international organizations such as the World Bank, and for think tanks and research programs in Africa, including CRES in Senegal, ERSA in South-Africa and AERC in Kenya. She has also served as an expert advisor for the Conversation. In 2018 she joins the Global Labor Organization (GLO) network as a Fellow.