Ralitza Dimova obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium in January 2005. Her area of specialization is labour economics. Since her graduation, she has worked as a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (Rostock, Germany) and the National Gerontology Foundation in Paris and as a lecturer at Brunel University in London. She is currently a senior lecturer in development economics at the University of Manchester. Her current research interest include education and employment in poorer African countries like Malawi, Tanzania, Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in September 2006.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 7908

In 2005 China provided duty-free access to 190 items from 25 least developed sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. Three years later duty-free access was extended to 454 items from 31 SSA LDCs. We find no evidence that China's preferential market access program for the least developed sub-Saharan African countries has helped...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7907
published in: Journal of Development Studies, 2016, 52(2), 242-253

Our analysis of a rich representative household survey for Malawi, where patrilineal and matrilineal institutions coexist, suggests that (a) in matrilineal societies the likelihood of cash crop cultivation by a household increases with the extent of land owned (or de facto controlled) by males, and (b) and cultivation of cash...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7886
forthcoming as "Is Tinkering with Institutional Quality a Panacea for Firm Performance? Insights from a Semiparametric Approach to Modeling Firm Performance" in Review of Development Economics

We introduce a novel approach to modeling the impact of institutional quality on firm performance. Our methodology enables us to estimate the marginal effect of institutional quality on TFP, factor inputs and output of each firm, which gives us within-country distributions of these effects and hence a better picture of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6382
published in: Review of Development Economics, 2013, 17 (3), 559-570

The stylized literature on foreign direct investment suggests that developing countries should invest in the human capital of their labour force in order to attract foreign direct investment. However, if educational quality in developing country is uncertain such that formal education is a noisy signal of human capital, it might...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6351

Using a novel modeling approach, and cross-country firm level data for the textiles industry, we examine the impact of institutional quality on firm performance. Our methodology allows us to estimate the marginal impact of institutional quality on productivity of each firm. Our results bring into question conventional wisdom about the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5641
published in: Review of Development Economics, 2015, 19 (3), 735-747.

We examine agricultural child labor in the context of emigration, transfers, and the ability to hire outside labor. We start by developing a theoretical background based on Basu and Van, (1998), Basu, (1999) and Epstein and Kahana (2008) and show how hiring labor from outside the household and transfers to...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5610
Ralitza Dimova, Ira N. Gang, Monnet Benoit Patrick Gbakou, Daniel Hoffman

With fortuitously timed data – collected before, during and after a major macro-financial crisis in Bulgaria – we revisit several hypotheses in the economics and nutritional literature related to the tendency of households to smooth their nutritional status over time. We explore the dietary impact of both falling real incomes...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5607

What does it mean to be in the informal sector? Many characterizations have been used in the literature, for example, firms that are unregistered or employ a small workforce or firms/economic enterprises that do not have access to formal capital markets. But many people participate in both formal and informal...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5471
published in: Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2014, 38(1), 109-126

Using firm-level data from nine developing countries we demonstrate that (a) certain institutions like restrictive labour market regulations that are considered to be bad for economic growth might be beneficial for production efficiency, whereas (b) good business environment which is considered to be beneficial for economic growth might have an...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5334
forthcoming in: Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics

Does corruption grease or sand the wheels of economic growth? This paper uses meta-analysis techniques to systematically evaluate the evidence addressing this question. It uses a data set comprising 460 estimates of the effect of corruption on growth from 41 empirical studies. The main factors explaining the variation in these...