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Gaia Narciso
Associate Professor, Economics

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Rural Labour and Migration in, editor(s)Finn Tarp , Growth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Viet Nam, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp139 - 157, [Gaia Narciso] Book Chapter, 2017

Beata Javorcik and Gaia Narciso, WTO accession and Tariff evasion, Journal of Development Economics, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

Children and the yout in, editor(s)Finn Tarp , Growth, Structural Transformation, and Rural Change in Viet Nam, Oxford University Press, 2017, pp237 - 255, [Gaia Narciso and Carol Newman] Book Chapter, 2017

Italian Economic Journal, Springer, [eds.], 2016 Editorial Board, 2016

Catia Batista and Gaia Narciso, Migrant Remittances and Information Flows: Evidence from a Field Experiment, World Bank Economic Review, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Guglielmo Barone, Organized Crime and Business Subsidies: Where Does The Money Go?, Journal of Urban Economics, 2015 Journal Article, 2015 DOI URL

Guglielmo Barone, Francesco D'Acunto, Gaia Narciso, Telecracy: Testing for Channels of Persuasion, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, 2015 Journal Article, 2015 URL DOI

Remittance Flows to Developing Countries: Trends, Importance and Impact in, editor(s)Brennan, L. , Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Integration, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, pp230 - 240, [Batista, C., Narciso, G. and Newman, C.] Book Chapter, 2013

Eileen Fumagalli, Gaia Narciso, Political institutions, voter turnout, and policy outcomes, European Journal of Political Economy, 28, (2), 2012, p162-173 Journal Article, 2012 DOI URL TARA - Full Text

Beata S. Javorcik, Gaia Narciso, Differentiated Products and Evasion of Import Tariffs, Journal of International Economics, 76, (2), 2008, p208 - 222 Journal Article, 2008 DOI URL

Jens M. Arnold, Aaditya Mattoo, Gaia Narciso, Services Inputs and Firm Productivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, Journal of African Economies, vol. 17(4), 2008, p578 - 599 Journal Article, 2008 DOI URL

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Gaia Narciso and Battista Severgnini, The deep roots of Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution, 2016 Working Paper, 2016 URL

Gaia Narciso, Carol Newman, ''NOURISH', Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster'', 2015, - Fieldwork collection, 2015

Mafias, Encyclopedia of Law and Economics, 2015, [Guglielmo Barone and Gaia Narciso] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2015

Narciso, G. and Newman, C., Children and the youth in rural Viet Nam, 2015 Working Paper, 2015 URL URL

Gaia Narciso, Carol Newman, ''NOURISH', Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster''', 2015, - Fieldwork collection, 2015

Gaia Narciso, Carol Newman, ''NOURISH', Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster''', 2015, - Fieldwork collection, 2015

Gaia Narciso, Labour and migration in rural Vietnam, 2015 Working Paper, 2015 URL

Kaveh Majlesi, Gaia Narciso, International Import Competition and the Decision to Migrate: Evidence from Mexico, 2015 Working Paper, 2015 URL

Benjamin Elsner, Gaia Narciso and Jacco Thijssen, Migrant networks and the spread of misinformation, 2014 Working Paper, 2014 URL

Gaia Narciso, 'NOURISH', Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster, 2014, - Fieldwork collection, 2014

Gaia Narciso, Carol Newman, ''NOURISH', Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster', 2014, - Fieldwork collection, 2014

Catia Batista and Gaia Narciso, Migrant Remittances and Information Flows: Evidence from a Field Experiment, 2013 Working Paper, 2013 URL

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2013, - Fieldwork collection, 2013

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2012, - Fieldwork collection, 2012

Guglielmo Barone, Francesco D'Acunto, Gaia Narciso, Telecracy: Testing for Channels of Persuasion, 2012 Working Paper, 2012 URL

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2012, - Fieldwork collection, 2012

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2011, - Fieldwork collection, 2011

Gaia Narciso, Refugees and "Missing" Arms Trade, 2011 Working Paper, 2011

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2011, - Fieldwork collection, 2011

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2011, - Fieldwork collection, 2011

Guglielmo Barone, Gaia Narciso, The effect of mafia on public transfers, 2011 Working Paper, 2011

Catia Batista, Giovanni Facchini, Gaia Narciso, First TEMPO Conference, October 2010, 2010, Dublin Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2010

Julia Anna Matz, Gaia Narciso, Does reinforcing spouses' land rights improve children's outcomes? Evidence from a quasi-natural experiment in rural Vietnam, 2010 Working Paper, 2010

Gaia Narciso, 'Migration and Information', 2010, - Fieldwork collection, 2010

C. Newman, G. Narciso, F. Tarp and V.X.N. Hong, The Role of Technology, Investment and Ownership Structure in the Productivity Performance of the Manufacturing Sector in Vietnam, 2009 Working Paper, 2009 TARA - Full Text URL

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • NOURISH
  • Summary
    • Nutrition and Treatment Outcome: Development of a Ugandan-Irish HIV/Nutrition Research Cluster
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Aid
  • Date From
    • October 2012
  • Date To
    • September 2015
  • Title
    • The historical roots of Politically-Motivated Rebellion: Evidence from the Irish Revolution
  • Summary
    • The aim of the proposed project is to investigate whether radical historical events have a long-run impact in the decision to participate in a rebellion. In particular, I intend to test the impact of the Irish famine on the probability of joining the Irish Volunteers and the movement of independence in Ireland during the period 1913-1921. By combining different historical data sources I intend to identify the determinants of those who actively participated in the movement for Independence. I will test the hypothesis of the role of the Irish famine as an exceptional legacy of violence during the period of the Irish revolution.
  • Funding Agency
    • IRC, Pathfinder (TCD), ASSBF (TCD)
  • Date From
    • 2014
  • Title
    • Migration networks and Information
  • Summary
    • How do information flows matter for remittance behavior? We examine this question using a tailored survey of immigrants in Ireland, including very detailed data on their networks before and after migration (both in the host country and abroad) as well as on the information flows between these immigrants and their networks. We implement a randomized field experiment in which some of the surveyed immigrants are offered the possibility of contacting their networks outside the host country for free from their mobile phones over a varying number of months. We examine the impact that these incremental information flows had on different dimensions of remittance behavior and intentions to return.
  • Funding Agency
    • NORFACE
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2014
  • Title
    • Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey
  • Summary
    • Policy research and impact assessment within agriculture and rural development in Vietnam.
  • Funding Agency
    • University of Copenhagen
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey
  • Summary
    • Policy research and impact assessment within agriculture and rural development in Vietnam
  • Funding Agency
    • University of Copenhagen
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Vietnam Access to Resources Household Survey
  • Summary
    • Policy research and impact assessment within agriculture and rural development in Vietnam
  • Funding Agency
    • University of Copenhagen
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • The effect of mafia on public transfers
  • Summary
    • Organized crime is a worldwide, widespread phenomenon, which affects developing as well as developed countries, and entails deep economic and social consequences. The purpose of this study is to enhance our understanding of organized crime activities. By using an innovative data set on Sicilian mafia activity available at municipality level, we test whether firms located in municipalities with mafia-related crimes obtain more public subsidies. In order to deal with the endogeneity of the relationship, we explore the origins of mafia. We instrument current mafia activity with exogenous historical and geographical shifters of land productivity, i.e. rainfall in the XIX century and geographical features at municipality level. We provide evidence that the presence of mafia affects the allocation of public transfers: municipalities with mafia activity receive larger public funding. The estimated impact of mafia is also economically relevant and equals one standard deviation of the dependent variable. According to our estimates the presence of mafia increases the total amounts of funds by about 35% on average. A series of robustness checks confirms the above findings.
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Title
    • Refugees and Illegal Arms Trade
  • Summary
    • The aim of this study is to enhance the understanding of illegal arms flows across countries. We proceed in two steps. First, we measure the extent of illegal arms flows on the basis of official trade statistics, by considering the difference between export data reported by the exporter country and import figures recorded by the importer country. Second, we show that illegal arms flows are related to the degree of strain experienced by customs and borders on the importer side. We provide evidence that refugee flows reduce the ability of the receiving country to patrol its borders and its customs.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund
  • Date From
    • 2008
  • Title
    • WTO accession and tariff evasion
  • Summary
    • This study argues that an important benefit of the WTO membership may lie in bringing about improvements to the functioning of the customs service which result in lower tariff evasion. The WTO Customs Valuation Agreement limits the discretion of customs officials and thus the scope for corrupt activity leading to a better collection rate of tariff revenue. Our analysis focuses on misrepresentation of the import price and its sensitivity to the tariff rate before and after the WTO accession. To evade paying tariffs, importers have an incentive to underreport the price of imported products. This incentive increases with the tariff rate. If the WTO Customs Valuation Agreement limits the discretion of customs officials in terms of assessing the price of imports, it should lower the sensitivity of price misrepresentation to the tariff rate after the WTO accession. Using data on 15 countries which joined the WTO between 1996 and 2008, we calculate the discrepancy in the unit values of imports as reported by the exporter and the importer. We find that (i) there is a positive relationship between the tariff rate and misrepresentation of import prices, and (ii) this relationship disappears after the country joins the WTO. Our results are consistent with the WTO serving as an external commitment device allowing countries to introduce politically difficult reforms.
  • Funding Agency
    • Arts and Social Sciences Benefactions Fund
  • Date From
    • 2008

Keywords

Development economics; MIGRATION; Political Economy; TRADE

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Pathfinder, Trinity College Dublin 2015

Irish Research Council, New Foundations Grant 2015

Arts and Social Benefactions Fund, Trinity College Dublin 2011

NORFACE Research Programme on Migration in Europe 2009

Arts and Social Benefactions Fund, Trinity College Dublin 2010

Arts and Social Benefactions Fund, Trinity College Dublin 2009

Start-up Fund for New Lecturers, Trinity College Dublin 2008

Arts and Social Benefactions Fund, Trinity College Dublin 2007

Memberships

American Economic Association

European Economic Association

Royal Economic Society