Francesca de Nicola

Current position: Senior Economist, East Asia and Pacific Chief Economist Office, World Bank

Education: PhD in Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2011

Research interests: Development economics and applied economics with a focus on the the role of risk and its impact on households and firms.

Email: fdenicola "at" worldbank "dot" org



  • Ex ante and ex post effects of hybrid index insurance in Bangladesh, with R. V. Hill, N. Kumar, N. Magnan, S. Makhija, D. Spielman, P. S. Ward, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 136(Jan 2019), pp. 1-17
  • Co-movement of major commodity price returns: time-series assessment, with Pierangelo De Pace, Manuel A. Hernandez, Energy Economics, Vol. 57(June 2016), pp. 28-41
  • The impact of weather insurance on consumption, investment, and welfare Quantitative Economics, Vol. 6(3), pp. 637-661
  • A chat about insurance: experimental results from rural Bangladesh, with Daniel Clarke, Ruth Vargas Hill, Neha Kumar, Parendi Mehta, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Vol. 37(3), pp. 477-501, 2015. Previously circulated as "The value of (customized) insurance for farmers in rural Bangladesh"
  • How accurate are recall data? Evidence from coastal India, with Xavier GinĂ©, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 106(Jan 2014), pp. 55-65
  • International trade, female labor, and entrepreneurship in MENA countries, with Silvio Contessi and L. Li in Middle East and African Countries: Economic and Political Perspectives in the Aftermath of the Arab Spring, Edited by C. Altomonte and M. Ferrara, 2014, and preprinted in the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, January/February 2013, Vol. 95(1), pp. 89-114
  • Weather insurance as a means of supporting vulnerable agriculture, and impacts of climate change, CAB Reviews, Vol. 8(27), 2013
  • The role of financing in international trade during good times and bad, with Silvio Contessi, The Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Jan 2012
  • Distortions in farmer prices since the 1950s: South Africa in international perspective, with Kym Anderson et al., Agrekon, Vol. 46(4), 427-59, Dec 2007

Working papers

Last updated in October 2019