Naila Shofia


Bocconi University

Via Sarfatti 25, Milano




I am a Ph.D. Candidate and Academic Fellow at Bocconi University. I hold a bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Indonesia, and master's degrees from The Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and The London School of Economics.

My research fields are economic development and political economy with particular emphasis on understanding how culture, religion, and social identity influence economic and political outcomes.

In my dissertation, I study the impact of Islamic culture on female labor force participation and democratization using a principled approach to causal identification and novel, innovative ways to turn difficult-to-measure cultural phenomena into hard data. Part of my current research received generous funding from the Roberto Franceschi Foundation and the LEAP-Bocconi.

I am currently on the job market and will be awarded the Best JM Papers Prize by UniCredit Foundation during the European Job Market for Economist in December.

You can access my job market paper here and my updated cv here.

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