Elodie Douarin

University College London, UK

IZA World of Labor offers a great collection of enlightening contributions, summarizing up-to-date research in a way that is helpful to policymakers and practitioners. It is a great honor to be able to contribute to the collection with this piece, addressing an important puzzle for policymakers. Indeed, while most transition economies are now functioning market economies, more economic reforms are needed pretty much everywhere. But support for reforms is low, even in countries that would be characterized as successful reformers to date. Understanding why is key to promoting further reforms and thus an important question to look into

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor, University College London, UK

Research interest

The non-economic (i.e. in terms of values and beliefs) consequences of economic change; the importance of values and culture in our understanding of economic outcomes

Past positions

Imperial College (Wye College); Kent University; University of Sussex


PhD in Economics, University of London, 2008

Selected publications

  • The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021 (with O. Havrylyshyn).

  • "The feminisation U, cultural norms, and the plough." Journal of Population Economics (2022) (with L. J. Uberti).

  • Angry Men and Civic Women? Gendered Effects of Conflict of Political Participation. Working Discussion Paper, 2021 (with J. Litchfield and F. Gashi).

  • "Corruption and life satisfaction in transition: Is corruption a social norm in Eastern Europe?" Social Indicators Research 151 (2020): 723–766 (with C. Amini).

  • "Institutional change in transition: An evolving research agenda." In: Douarin, E., and O. Havrylyshyn (eds). The Palgrave Handbook of Comparative Economics. Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.