Olga Popova

  • Current position:
    Senior Researcher, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, Germany
  • Positions/functions as policy advisor:
    Short-term consultant to the World Bank Group, Washington, DC, USA
  • Research interest:
    Health economics, subjective well-being, religion, corruption, economic reforms and development, emerging and (post-)transition economies, and applied microeconometrics
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  • Affiliations:
    Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Germany, CERGE-EI, Czech Republic, and UrFU, Russia
  • Past positions:
    Associate Researcher, International Research Network of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, National Research University—Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation; Junior Researcher, Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; Visiting Lecturer, Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk, Russian Federation
  • Qualifications:
    PhD in Economics and Econometrics, CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2012
  • Personal statement about IZA World of Labor:
    IZA World of Labor provides an excellent opportunity to communicate own research findings to policymakers and to a general audience in an accessible and attractive way. I am pleased to contribute to this project
  • Selected publications:
    • “Health consequences of the Russian weather.” Ecological Economics 132 (2017): 290–306 (with V. Otrachshenko and P. Solomin).
    • “Psychological costs of currency transition: Evidence from the Euro adoption.” European Journal of Political Economy 45 (2016): 89–100 (with V. Otrachshenko and J. Tavares).
    • “Can religion insure against aggregate shocks to happiness? The case of transition countries.” Journal of Comparative Economics 42:3 (2014): 804–818.
    • “Life (dis)satisfaction and the intention to migrate: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe.” Journal of Socio-Economics 48 (2014): 40–49 (with V. Otrachshenko).
  • Articles

Does religiosity explain economic outcomes?

Understanding religiosity is crucial to informed policy making

February 2017

10.15185/izawol.335 335

by Olga Popova Popova, O

Most religions in transition economies were marginalized by their former communist regimes. Today, some of these countries are experiencing a revival of religiosity, while others are prone to secularization. Religious norms affect individual decision making with respect to human capital investment, economic reforms, marital stability, employment, and other contexts. This implies that the interests of both religious and non-religious communities may differ and must be taken into account when designing and implementing economic policies, which is a challenge for policymakers.