Network Program Areas
- behavioral economics
- cognitive and non-cognitive skills
- development economics
- economic development
- field experiments
- health and development
- human capital
- illicit drugs
- immigrant/native wage growth
- lab experiments
- labor economics
- Middle East
- population aging
- public economics
- public sector economics
Plamen Nikolov is an Affiliated Professor at The University of Chicago's Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group and a Research Fellow of the Global Labor Organization. Under the direction of Lawrence Katz, Raj Chetty, and David Cutler, he received his doctorate from Harvard University and HSPH. He holds a master's degree in International Economics and Arabic/Middle East Studies from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC.
His expertise is in the design and execution of randomized control trials (RCTs) and cohort studies in resource-limited settings. Using mainly experimental methods (lab and field), his research spans three major areas:
(1) causes and consequences of human capital accumulation (or depreciation) in Low- and Middle-income Countries (LMICs),
(2) the economics of longevity in LMICs, and
(3) causes and consequences of productivity enhancements, with special emphasis on insights from psychology and the behavioral sciences, in LMICs.
Dr. Nikolov has been involved in several experimental and quasi-experimental interventions with The World Bank and BRAC in South Asia and East Africa. Dr. Nikolov has extensive field and work experience in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, and Egypt.
Plamen Nikolov joined IZA as a Research Fellow in July 2019.
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