Valentina Costa joined the Living Standards Measurement Study (LSMS) team in 2017. Her primary area of research is in rural and urban socio-economic development, with a focus on gender, labor and conflict. As a member of the LSMS team, she works on improving data collection and survey methodologies on women and youth employment, disability, and market prices. She holds a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Rome La Sapienza and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata.