Anna Vitali

Anna Vitali is a PhD student in Economics at University College London. Prior to starting her PhD, Anna was working in Uganda as a research associate for BRAC Research and Evaluation Unit and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Her main research interests are in development and labour economics. She holds a MSc in Economics from Bocconi University.

Content by Anna Vitali
  • Project

    Informal clustering, firm growth, and the impact of the COVID-19 shock

    In Kampala, firms are heavily concentrated in the Central Business District (CBD), where they operate next to one another in high-density, informal clusters (UBOS 2011). Manufacturing firms operating in these clusters are smaller than in terms of number of employees and do not grow over time. Demand shocks that arise from COVID-19 are likely to be more severe in denser...

    16 Nov 2021 | Anna Vitali

  • Publication - Project Report

    Vocational training, on-the-job training, and resilience to the COVID-19 shock

    In this final report, we use data from a phone survey with young workers tracked regularly since 2012 as part of an RCT on active labour market policies (Alfonsi et al. 2020) to document how they were impacted by the COVID-19 related lockdown. We targeted 1,700 young workers and successfully traced and interviewed 74% of them. The survey was conducted between October and...

    14 May 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Anna Vitali

  • Publication - Policy Brief

    The impact of COVID-19 on Ugandan firms: Evidence from recent surveys and policy actions for supporting private sector recovery

    This policy brief outlines key discussions from a policy seminar on the impact of COVID-19 on Uganda’s firms held on 28 January 2021 by the Ugandan Ministry of Finance’s Private Sector Development Unit and the International Growth Centre. Researchers presented key findings from work exploring different impacts of the pandemic on Uganda’s economy. The...

    21 Apr 2021 | Livia Alfonsi, Vittorio Bassi, Priya Manwaring, Peter Ngategize, John Oryema, Miri Stryjan, Anna Vitali

  • Project

    The long-term impact of vocational training and job search assistance for unemployed youth: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Uganda

    Youth unemployment and underemployment are key policy challenges in developing countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where 60% of the population is below the age of 25 and where it is expected to generate one million new unemployed in 2018 alone. This project seeks to provide new evidence on the effectiveness of active labour market policies in improving youth...

    20 Sep 2019 | Oriana Bandiera, Vittorio Bassi, Robin Burgess, Imran Rasul, Munshi Sulaiman, Anna Vitali