Olga Kupets holds a full-time position of a Policy Professor at the Kyiv School of Economics since November 2016.

She is also a long-lasting local consultant for the World Bank. During January 2001-June 2016 she worked as an Associate Professor of Economics at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Previously, she has also been working as a local consultant for a range of other international organizations such as the International Labour Organization, the European Training Foundation, the European University Institute and the United States Agency for International Development.

Olga received her Ph.D. in Economics from the Institute of Demography and Social Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine in 2008. In 2000 she got Master’s degree in Economics from the EERC Master’s program at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and in 1998 she obtained Specialist’s degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the Cherkasy National University.

Olga’s research interests are in empirical labour economics, development economics, transition economics and policy analysis. Research topics on which Olga is currently working include skill-biased technological changes and their impact on skills demand and supply; employer-provided training in transition countries; overeducation and skills mismatch.

Olga was an IZA Research Affiliate from 2004 until 2009 and rejoined IZA as a Research Fellow in December 2016.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 8631
Johannes Koettl, Olga Kupets, Anna Olefir, Indhira Santos
published in: IZA Journal of Labor and Development, 2014, 3:21

Ukraine's economy lacks dynamism, and this is both the cause and the effect of people not moving across the regions. The rate at which Ukrainians move from one region to another within the country is only half of what would be expected in comparison with other countries. This paper examines...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1826
published in: Comparative Economic Studies, 2008, 50 (2), 318-340

This paper addresses the important issue of the effects of trade liberalization on labor market job flows. It studies the case of Ukraine where we view the sudden openness of the economy to trade as a quasi-natural experiment. We use disaggregated data on manufacturing industries and customs data on trade...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1738

In recent years there has been much policy discussion of the impact of unemployment benefits and other factors on unemployment duration in developed and transition countries. This paper presents first evidence on the determinants of unemployment duration in Ukraine. Using individual-level data from the first wave of the Ukrainian Longitudinal...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 675
published in: Economics of Transition, 2003, 11 (2), 321-356

This paper documents and analyses gross job flows and their determinants in Ukraine using a unique data set of more than 2200 Ukrainian firms operating in both the manufacturing and the non-manufacturing sector for the years 1998-2000. There are several important findings in the paper. Job destruction is dominating job...