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). She is also a Research Associate at CERGE-EI, a joint workplace of Charles University and the Czech Academy of Sciences.

RePEc ranks Olga Popova in the top 7% 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 (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, Economic Inquiry, Small Business Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, European Journal of Political Economy, and Ecological Economics.

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


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 15816
revised version published in: Eastern European Economics, 2023, 61 (3), 199-237
IZA Discussion Paper No. 12326
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2022, 208, 104629