IZA, Germany, and Brookings Institution, USA
IZA World of Labor role
Research Associate, IZA
Subjective well-being, migration, and transition economies
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Short-term consultant, Illicit Financial Flows Project, the World Bank, Washington, DC
Nonresident Intern and Researcher, The Brookings Institution, 2012–2014; Emerging Scholar, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, The Urban Institute, 2010–2011; Policy Analyst, Applied Public Policy Research Institute for Study and Evaluation, 2008–2009
PhD Public Policy, University of Maryland, 2014
“In transit: The well-being of migrants from transition and post-transition countries.” Journal of Economic Behaviour & Organization 112 (2015): 164–186 (with C. Graham).
“Bentham or Aristotle in the development process? An empirical investigation of capabilities and subjective well-being.” World Development 68:0 (2015): 163–179 (with C. Graham).
“Government funding of private voluntary organizations: Is there a crowding-out effect?” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly 44:3 (2015): 487–509.
“Employment, late-life work, retirement, and well-being in Europe and the United States.” IZA Journal of European Labor Studies 3:5 (2014): 1–30 (with C. Graham).
“Principals and agents: An investigation of executive compensation in human service nonprofits.” VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations 25:3 (2014): 679–706.
Evidence is mixed on whether quality of life improves for migrants from post-socialist economiesMilena Nikolova, October 2015Most comparative research suggests that immigrants from post-socialist countries earn less than natives, work in jobs for which they are overqualified, and may experience unhappiness compared with natives, other immigrants, and non-migrants. In contrast, one study presents causal evidence which shows that moving from transition economies to live in the West increases the incomes, life satisfaction, and freedom perceptions of those who move. Credibly assessing whether leaving transition economies improves movers’ quality of life remains a challenging empirical question.MoreLess