Dr. Milena Nikolova is a Research Associate at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA) in Bonn, Germany where she works on topics related to well-being, migration, transition economics, and labor market issues. She is also a Nonresident Fellow at the Brookings Institution and is affiliated with the Happiness Research Organization in Düsseldorf, Germany and the Central European Labour Studies Institute (CELSI) in Bratislava, Slovakia. She holds a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, an MPP from American University, and a BA in Economics from Gettysburg College.
Milena's professional experience has included policy-oriented applied work at the World Bank, the Brookings Institution, and the Urban Institute in Washington, DC. Milena has recently published in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, World Development, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. Milena Nikolova is also the co-author of several research reports and book chapters. Her work has been mentioned in outlets such as Project Syndicate, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.
Ph.D., Policy Studies, University of Maryland
MPP, American University
BA, Economics, Gettysburg College
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