Milena Nikolova

Milena Nikolova

Nonresident Fellow – Economic Studies

Milena Nikolova is an Aletta Jacobs Professor of the Economics of Well-being and a Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the University of Groningen and serves as an Editor of the Journal of Population Economics. She is also the Section Editor for the “Welfare, Well-being, Happiness” Section of the Handbook of Labor, Human Resources and Population Economics.

She is a Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Bruegel, and a Fellow at GLO. Nikolova has work experience in think tanks, such as the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution.

She is passionate about research related to the economics of happiness and transition economies. First, she researches topics related to the (subjective) well-being effects of technological change, migration, and entrepreneurship. Second, she investigates the historical and contemporary determinants of socio-economic developments in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

Milena holds a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park (2014).

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Subjective Well-Being
    • Migration
    • Transition Economies
    • International Development
    • Nonprofits
  • Current Positions

    • Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow, University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Global Economics & Management
    • Research Fellow, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn, Germany
    • Fellow, Global Labor Organization (GLO)
    • Research Affiliate, Happiness Research Organization
    • Research Fellow, Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI)
    • Nonresident Fellow, Bruegel
  • Past Positions

    • Nonresident Researcher, Global Economy and Development Program, The Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
    • Research Associate, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
    • Emerging Scholar, Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
    • Managing Editor, Journal of Population Economics
  • Education

    • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 2014
    • M.P.P., School of Public Policy, The American University, Washington, DC, 2011
    • B.A., Gettysburg College, 2008
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