Klara Sabirianova Peter is an Assistant Professor and William R. Kenan Jr. Fellow at the Department of Economics and Fellow of the Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina‐Chapel Hill. Professor Sabirianova's current research focuses on various areas of applied microeconomics of emerging markets, bribery and corruption, contract violations and social interactions, human capital and development, FDI spillovers and convergence of domestic firms to the efficiency frontier. She examines the effect of structural changes on the quality of life, labor markets, and firm performance. Some of her recent papers analyze the effect of tax policies and labor regulation on tax evasion and the shadow economy.

Her research has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Research in Labor Economics, Journal of European Economic Association, and Problems of Economic Transition. Research on wage contract violation is forthcoming in the Review of Economics and Statistics and Academy of Management Journal. She served as a World Bank consultant for the project "Labor Market Study in Russia". Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, USAID, U.S. Department of State, Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation and other public and private organizations. She is a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and a research fellow of the William Davidson Institute at the Michigan Business School.

She joined IZA as a Research Fellow in May 2000.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10891
Apoorva Jain, Klara Sabirianova Peter

This study finds evidence of wage divergence between immigrants and natives in Germany using a country-wide household panel from 1984 to 2014. We incorporate the possibility of wage divergence into a two-period model of economic assimilation by modeling the differences in the efficiency of human capital production and prices per...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10887
Apoorva Jain, Klara Sabirianova Peter

This paper develops and estimates a joint hazard-longitudinal (JHL) model of the timing of migration and labor market assimilation – two processes that have been assumed to be independent in the existing literature. The JHL model accounts for the endogenous age of entry in estimating the returns to years since...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8735

This paper evaluates whether the expansion of higher education is economically worthwhile based on a recent surge in the number of campuses and college graduates in Russia. Our empirical strategy relies on the marginal treatment effect method in both normal and semi-parametric versions, and estimating policy-influenced treatment parameters for the...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6910

This paper analyzes the effect of changes in structural progressivity of national income tax systems on observed and actual income inequality. Using several unique measures of progressivity over the 1981-2005 period for a large panel of countries, we find that progressivity reduces inequality in observed income, but has a significantly...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4257
revised version published as 'Does Labour Supply Respond to a Flat Tax?" in: Economics of Transition, 2010, 18 (2), 365 - 404

We exploit the exogenous change in marginal tax rates created by the Russian flat tax reform of 2001 to identify the effect of taxes on labor supply of males and females. We apply the weighted difference-in-difference regression approach and instrumental variables to the labor supply function estimated on individual panel...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4233
revised version published in: Review of Economic Dynamics, 2010, 13 (1), 209 - 237

We construct key household and individual economic variables using a panel micro data set from the Russia Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS) for 1994-2005. We analyze cross-sectional income and consumption inequality and find that inequality decreased during the 2000-2005 economic recovery. The decrease appears to be driven by falling volatility of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4228
published in: National Tax Journal, 2010, 63 (3), 447-478

In this paper we use a panel of 189 countries to describe the salient trends that have emerged in national personal income tax systems spanning the twenty five year period from 1981 to 2005. Using complete national income tax schedules, we calculate actual average and marginal tax rates at different...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 4223

This paper examines the effect of global transition to simpler, flatter income tax systems on the size of the shadow economy. By offering a new estimation framework, the paper revives the traditional electricity consumption approach to measuring the shadow economy. It overcomes the limitations of previous literature by using a...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 3267
published in: Journal of Political Economy, 2009, 117(3), 504-554

Using micro-level data, we examine the effects of Russia’s 2001 flat rate income tax reform on consumption, income, and tax evasion. We use the gap between household expenditures and reported earnings as a proxy for tax evasion with data from a household panel for 1998-2004. Utilizing difference-in-difference and regression-discontinuity-type approaches,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 1987
published in: Journal of Public Economics, 2007, 91 (5-6), 963-991

This study is the first to provide a systematic measure of bribery using micro-level data on reported earnings, household spending and asset holdings. We use the compensating differential framework and the estimated sectoral gap in reported earnings and expenditures to identify the size of unobserved (unofficial) compensation (i.e., bribes) of...