Vladimir Gimpelson

HSE University, Russia, and IZA, Germany

IZA WoL is a must-read source for any politicians, officials, students and journalists interested in labor related issues. This collection of short papers presents rigorous research, policy implications and best data available in very concise and friendly format. This is also an excellent starting point before going in an in-depth study of labor.

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Director of the Centre for Labour Market Studies at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia

Research interest

Labor markets, labor economics, transitional economies

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant in a number of OECD and World Bank projects (1994–2018)

Past positions

Professor at the Economics Department, University of Tokyo, Japan (1998–1999)


PhD Economics, Institute of Economic Problems, Moscow, 1986

Selected publications

  • Economics and Politics of the Public-Private Wage Gap (The Case of Russia). IZA Discussion Paper No. 12247, 2019 (with A. Sharunina and A Lukyanova).

  • "Misperceiving inequality." Economics and Politics 30:1 (2018): 27–54 (with D. Treisman).

  • Fiscal games and public employment: A theory with evidence from Russia. World Politics 54 (2002):145-183 (with D. Treisman).

  • "Polarization or upgrading? Evolution of employment in transitional Russia." Russian Journal of Economics 2:2 (2016): 192–218 (with R. Kapeliushnikov).

  • "Between light and shadow: Informality in the Russian labour market." In: The Challenges for Russia's Politicized Economic System. Oxford: Routledge, 2015; pp. 33–58 (with R. Kapeliushnikov).