Olga Popova

Institute for East and Southeast European Studies, Germany, CERGE-EI, Czech Republic, and UrFU, Russia

IZA World of Labor provides an excellent opportunity to communicate own research findings to policymakers and to a general audience in an accessible and attractive way. I am pleased to contribute to this project

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Researcher, Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS), Regensburg, Germany

Research interest

Health economics, subjective well-being, religion, corruption, economic reforms and development, emerging and (post-)transition economies, and applied microeconometrics

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Short-term consultant to the World Bank Group, Washington, DC, USA

Past positions

Associate Researcher, International Research Network of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research, National Research University—Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation; Junior Researcher, Economics Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; Visiting Lecturer, Irkutsk State University, Irkutsk, Russian Federation


PhD in Economics and Econometrics, CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences, 2012

Selected publications

  • “Health consequences of the Russian weather.” Ecological Economics 132 (2017): 290–306 (with V. Otrachshenko and P. Solomin).

  • “Psychological costs of currency transition: Evidence from the Euro adoption.” European Journal of Political Economy 45 (2016): 89–100 (with V. Otrachshenko and J. Tavares).

  • “Can religion insure against aggregate shocks to happiness? The case of transition countries.” Journal of Comparative Economics 42:3 (2014): 804–818.

  • “Life (dis)satisfaction and the intention to migrate: Evidence from Central and Eastern Europe.” Journal of Socio-Economics 48 (2014): 40–49 (with V. Otrachshenko).