Olena Y. Nizalova

University of Kent, UK, and IZA, Germany

My main motivation for being a researcher comes from the desire to make a difference in the real world. Yet, over the years I have come to realize that the language, which we speak, is foreign to most people outside of academia. Moreover, they find it extremely difficult to navigate through an insurmountable amount of literature and identify the results which can be trusted. The World of Labor initiative allows exactly for this—providing knowledge needed for policy makers which is collated by the experts in the field and conveyed in a simple language

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Current position

Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics/Senior Lecturer, University of Kent (CHSS/PSSRU/School of Economics), UK

Research interest

Labor markets, gender discrimination, social care, health economics, youth unemployment, exclusion

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Ministry of Labor of Ukraine and World Bank (RFP #4807-42) “Consulting Services on Social Assistance System Modernization Project Impact Evaluation”, Co-PI

Past positions

Associate Professor/Assistant Professor, Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine; Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Houston, USA, 2008–2013; Senior Economist, Kyiv Economics Institute, 2005–2013; Research Fellow, University of York, 2010


PhD Economics, Michigan State University, 2006

Selected publications

  • "Measuring the productivity of residential long-term care in England: Methods for quality adjustment and regional comparison." European Journal of Health Economics (2016) (with W. Yang and J. Forder).

  • "Exogenous treatment and endogenous factors: Vanishing of omitted variable bias on the interaction term." Journal of Econometric Methods 5 (2016): 71–77 (with I. Murtazashvili).

  • "The motherhood wage penalty in times of transition." Journal of Comparative Economics (2016) (with T. Sliusarenko and S. Shpak).

  • "The wage elasticity of informal care supply: Evidence from the health and retirement study." Southern Economic Journal 79:2 (2012): 350–366.

  • "Evaluation of the impact of the Mother and Infant Health Project in Ukraine." Health Economics 19 (2010): 107–125 (with M. Vyshnya).