Norberto Pignatti

Tbilisi State University, Georgia

I have been enthusiastic about the World of Labor idea since the first time I heard about it. In my opinion this initiative is providing an extremely useful and needed tool to both academics and policymakers around the world and I am proud to have been able to give my contribution to it

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Tbilisi State University, Georgia

Research interest

Labor economics (with a particular emphasis on labor markets of developing and transition countries), sustainable development, and, more generally, policy studies

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Regulatory Impact Assessment Expert (producing reports for the Ministry of Agriculture and for the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of the Republic of Georgia)

Past positions

Research Fellow, University of Bologna, Italy; Visiting Professor, International School of Economics, Tbilisi


PhD Economics, University of Bologna, 2007

Selected publications

  • "Employment discrimination in former Soviet Union republic: Evidence from a field experiment." Journal of Comparative Economics 46:4 (2018): 1294–1309 (with M. Asali and S. Skhirtladze)

  • "Informal employment relationships and the labor market: Is there segmentation in Ukraine?" Journal of Comparative Economics 46:3 (2018): 838–857 (with H. Lehmann).

  • "Job market outcomes of IDPs: The case of Georgia." Journal of Comparative Economics 46:3 (2018): 800–820 (with K. Torosyan and M. Obrizan).

  • “Time-varying individual risk attitudes over the great recession: A comparison of Germany and Ukraine.” Journal of Comparative Economics 44:1 (2016): 182–200 (with T. Dohmen and H. Lehmann).

  • “Gender wage gap dynamics in a changing Ukraine.” IZA Journal of Labor & Development 1:7 (2012).