Elena Nikolova

CELSI, Slovakia, and Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Germany

I strongly believe that policy making should be based on sound research. I applaud IZA World of Labor for offering policymakers the insights of cutting-edge research in labor economics

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Research Fellow, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) and Affiliated Researcher, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) Regensburg

Research interest

Political economy, democratization, comparative politics, institutional economics, economic development, transitional economics, and economic history


PhD Political Economy, Princeton University, 2011

Selected publications

  • “Do public fund windfalls increase corruption? Evidence from a natural disaster.” Comparative Political Studies (Forthcoming) (with N. Marinov).

  • “Destined for democracy? Labour markets and political change in colonial British America.” British Journal of Political Science (Forthcoming).

  • “Suffrage, labour markets and coalitions in colonial Virginia.” European Journal of Political Economy (Forthcoming) (with M. Nikolova).

  • “How much should we trust life satisfaction data? Evidence from the Life in Transition Survey.” Journal of Comparative Economics 44:3 (2016): 720–731 (with P. Sanfey).

  • “The happiness gap in Eastern Europe.” Journal of Comparative Economics 44:1 (2016): 108–124 (with S. Djankov and J. Zilinsky).