Milena Nikolova

IZA, Germany, and Brookings Institution, USA

I am proud and deeply honoured to be a part of the IZA World of Labor Project. IZA World of Labor provides policymakers, academics, and the general public with excellent state-of-the-art research summaries and policy advice on a variety of topics in labor economics

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Research Associate, IZA

Research interest

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

Past positions

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

Selected publications

  • “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.