Laura Barros

Laura Barros is a PhD candidate at the Chair of International Economic Policy under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Krisztina Kis-Katos. She holds a Master's degree in Economics from Heidelberg University and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Her research interests comprise development economics, gender, political economy, and applied microeconometrics.

Working papers

Barros, L. , M. Santos Silva (2019) #EleNão: Economic crisis, the political gender gap, and the election of Bolsonaro, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research, Discussion Paper No. 242.

Barros, Laura and Manuel Santos Silva (2021) Between sticky floors and glass ceilings: the effect of trade liberalization on double discrimination in Brazil, Ibero-America Institute for Economic Research, Discussion Paper No. 249.

Work in progress

Natural disasters and intimate partner violence: Evidence from Peru (joint work with Yuanwei Xu)
Job Loss and Political Entry (joint work with Aiko Schmeißer)
Religious supply and local violence (joint work with Krisztina Kis-Katos and Manuel Santos Silva)


Barros, Laura and Ute Rink (2021) Spending or saving? Female empowerment and financial decisions in a matrilineal society, World Development, 141, p.105342


  • TA for Empirical Political Economy, WiSe 2021/2022, WiSe 2023/2024
  • TA for Applied Panel Data Econometrics, SoSe 2021, SoSe 2022
  • TA for Migration Economics: Replication Course, SoSe 2022
  • TA for Sustainable Development, Trade and Environmental Economics WiSe 2019/2020, SoSe 2020
  • TA for Introduction to Development Economics SoSe 2019
  • TA for Development Economics IV: Gender, Institutions, and Development WiSe 2018/2019
  • TA for European and Global Trade WiSe 2018/2019