Olga Popova is a Senior Researcher (with tenure) in the Department of Economics at the Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS, Regensburg).

RePEc ranks Olga Popova in the top 6% female economists globally (based on publications in the last 10 years).

Dr. Popova is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Population Economics, Comparative Southeast European Studies, and the Journal of Happiness Studies. She has also served as a consultant for the World Bank and is currently a co-head of the Economics Section within the German Association for East European Studies (DGO). Olga Popova holds a Ph.D. in Economics from CERGE-EI and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic (2012).

Dr. Popova’s research interests are health and environmental economics, economic history, regional and individual inequalities, and sustainable economic development. Her research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Economic Inquiry, Small Business Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Ecological Economics, among others.

Olga Popova joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2021.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 16421
Vladimir Otrachshenko, Olga Popova, Nargiza Alimukhamedova
published in: Post-Soviet Affairs, 2024, 40 (2), 119–138
IZA Discussion Paper No. 15816
revised version published in: Eastern European Economics, 2023, 61 (3), 199-237
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12326
revised version published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2022, 208, 104629
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