Paola works on the development and maintenance of EUROMOD and its indirect tax tool extension. She also contributes to the assessment of the impact of tax and benefit policy reforms in EU Member States.
Paola is an experienced social science researcher specialising in applied micro-econometric analysis of social policies. Before joining the JRC in 2022, she worked as senior economist at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) in the UK where she led JRF’s economic modelling and econometric analysis. Her work focused on developing JRF’s modelling capabilities to better understand the causes of poverty in the UK and develop effective policy solutions to reduce it. She has also worked at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) at the University of Essex as a Senior Research Officer and EUROMOD developer.
She holds an MSc in Applied Economics and Data Analysis (2001) and a PhD in Applied Social and Economic Research (2008) from the University of Essex (UK).
Her research interests lie in the fields of policy evaluation using microsimulation methods, redistributive effects of tax-benefit policies and poverty. Other research areas that she is interested in are consumer spending choices, health consequences of policy choices, environmental and economic planning, health care financial systems, forecasting and spatial micro-simulation models.