About Me

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I work as an Associate Professor and a Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen and serve as an Editor of the Journal of Population Economics. I am also the Section Editor for “Welfare, Well-being, Happiness” Section of the Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics.

I am a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution  and Bruegel, and a Fellow at GLO. In addition to my academic career, I have demonstrated research experience in leading think tanks and international institutions, such as the Urban Institute, the Brookings Institution, and the World Bank.

I am passionate about research related to the economics of happiness and transition economies.

First, I research the health and (subjective) well-being consequences of migration, labor market arrangements and automation, and entrepreneurship. Second, I investigate the historical and contemporary determinants of socio-economic developments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

I am looking for collaboration and other opportunities in and outside academia. I enjoy engaging in rigorous social science research which helps inform public debates and generates social value-added.


  • I am co-designing a new Honours Bachelor course called “Connecting Research with Practice”
  • I am working on the project “Do Communism and Past Political Repression Durably Shape Free Speech Opinions?”, funded by the Institute for Humane Studies
  • I will soon start working on the project “The Great Resignation, Quiet Quitting, and Work Orientations” funded by the NWO

NEW publication: Double-edged sword: persistent effects of Communist regime affiliations on well-being and preferences (OPEN ACCESS) with Vladimir Otrachshenko and Olga Popova