Ekaterina V. Zhuravskaya

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Center for Economic and Financial Research

Nakhimovsky 47, office 720, Moscow 117418, Russia

Phone: (7-495) 925-5002, ext. 226

Fax: (7-495) 925-5003

Personal Home Page: www.cefir.ru/ezhuravskaya

E-mail: EZhuravskaya@nes.ru

Date of birth: August 16, 1972

Family status: Married, two children


Ph.D. in Economics, Harvard University, 1999 (Cambridge, MA)

Doctoral Thesis: Essays on Institutional Economics;

Fields: Economic Theory, Corporate Finance, and Public Economics

M.Sc. in Economics, London School of Economics, 1994 (London, UK)

Graduated with distinction

B.A. in Economics, Moscow State University, 1993 (Moscow, Russia)

Graduated with honors


Political economics, development economics, public economics, economics of transition, institutions, federalism, regulatory reform, state capture


New Economic School (NES) (Moscow, Russia)

Since 2009: Hans Rausing Professor of Economics

Center for Economic and Financial Research at NES (Moscow, Russia)

Since 2000: Academic director

 Center for Economic Policy Research (London, UK)

Since 1999: Research Affiliate (Public Policy and Development Economics Programs)

 Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University (New York, NY)

Since 2002: Bankruptcy Task Force Co-Director


Associate editor of the Journal of Public Economics (Since 2008)

Associate editor of the Journal of Comparative Economics (Since 2007)

Associate editor of Economic Policy (Since 2008)



New Economic School (Moscow, Russia)

Hans Rausing Associate Professor of Economics with tenure


New Economic School (Moscow, Russia)

Hans Rausing Assistant Professor of Economics


Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ)



Princeton University, Economics Department (Princeton, NJ)

Visiting Research Fellow


William Davidson Institute, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

Research Fellow


Russian European Center for Economic Research (Moscow, Russia)

Lead Economist


Tax reform Oversight Project, HIID (Cambridge, MA)

Consultant on intergovernmental relations


Russia’s Transition Project, HIID (Cambridge, MA)

Consultant on small enterprise development


Banking Crisis Project, Russian Privatization Center (Moscow, Russia)



National Bureau of Economic Research (Cambridge, MA)

Research assistant to Professor Andrei Shleifer on “Law and Finance” project


Gold Medal of Distinction upon high school graduation, 1989

Nemchinov Merit Fellowship, Moscow State University, 1990-1993

Hans Rausing Professorship award funded by Lisbet Rausing charitable foundation, since 1998

Young Academic Economists’ Competition Award of the Fifth Nobel Symposium in economics, “Economics of Transition,” 1999

Zvi Griliches Excellence Award for research in economics, Economic Education and Research Consortium, 2000

Global Leader for Tomorrow, the World Economic Forum, Davos, 2001-2004

Best Economist Award, the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2002 and 2003

The First Prize (Gold medal) in the GDN Medals Competition for Research in Development, 2006






Incentives to Provide Local Public Goods: Fiscal federalism – Russian style”

Journal of Public Economics 76 (3), 2000, Special Issue

Also appeared in The Economics of Transition: The Fifth Nobel Symposium in Economics. E. Berglöf and G. Roland (eds.) Palgrave Macmillian, New York, 2007

Rackets, Regulation and the Rule of law”

Journal of Law, Economics and Organization, 16(2), 2000 (with T. Frye)

Also appeared in Law and Economic Development, H.-B. Schafer and A.Raja (eds.), An Elgar Reference Collection, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, USA, 2006

Does Arbitrage Flatten Demand Curves for Stocks?”

Journal of Business, 75(4), 2002 (with J. Wurgler)

Federal Tax Arrears in Russia: Liquidity Problems, Federal Redistribution, or Regional Protection?”

Economics of Transition, 12(3), 2004, lead article (with M. Ponomareva)

Opportunistic Political Cycles: Test in a Young Democracy Setting”

Quarterly Journal of Economics, 119(4), 2004 (with A. Akhmedov)

Who are the Russian Entrepreneurs?”

Journal of European Economic Association, Papers and Proceedings, 3(2-3), 2005 (with S. Djankov, E. Miguel, Y. Qian, G. Roland)

Laws for Sale: Evidence from Russian Regions”

American Law and Economics Review, Special issue, 3 (1), 2005 (with I. Slinko and E. Yakovlev)

Entrepreneurship in China and Russia Compared”

Journal of European Economic Association, Papers and Proceedings, 4(2-3), 2006 (with S. Djankov, Y. Qian, G. Roland)

Who Are China’s Entrepreneurs?”

American Economic Review, Papers and Proceedings, 96 (2), 2006 (with S. Djankov, Y. Qian, G. Roland)

Whither Russia? A Review of Andrei Shleifer’s Normal Country

A longer book review in the Journal of Economic Literature, 45, March 2007

Are Russian Commercial Courts Biased? Evidence from a Bankruptcy Law Transplant”

Journal of Comparative Economics, 35 (2), 2007 (with A. Lambert-Mogiliansky and K. Sonin)

Decentralization and Political Institutions”

Journal of Public Economics, 91 (11), 2007 (with R. Enikolopov)

(Un)happiness in transition”

Journal of Economic Perspectives, forthcoming, 2009 (with S.Guriev)


Fiscal Federalism – Russian Style” in Governance, Decentralization and Reform in China, India and Russia. J.J. Dethier (ed.) Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 2000

Effects of State Capture: Evidence from Russian Regions” (with I. Slinko and E. Yakovlev) in Building a Trustworthy State: Problems of Post-Socialist Transition. J.Kornai and S.Rose-Ackerman (eds.), Palgrave Macmillian, New York, 2004

Federalism and Political Centralization” (with R. Enikolopov) in Political Institutions and Development: Failed Expectations and Renewed Hopes, Natalia Dinello and Vladimir Popov (eds.), Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, 2007

Lowering the Cost of Capital in Emerging Market Economies” (with E. Berglof, P. Bolton, S. Guriev) in Beyond Transition. Proceedings of the 18th ABCDE. F. Bourguignon and B. Pleskovic (eds.), World Bank, Washington DC, 2007


Businessman Candidates”

(with K. Sonin and S. Gehlbach) last revision March 2008

Revise and Resubmit in the American Journal of Political Science

Who Wants to Revise Privatization and Why? Evidence from 28 Post-Communist Countries”

(with I. Denisova, M. Eller, and T.Frye) last revision January 2008

Revise and Resubmit in the American Political Science Review

Reforms in Business Regulation: Evidence from Russia”

(with E.Yakovlev) last revision December 2008

Interest Group Politics in a Federation”

(with S. Guriev and E.Yakovlev) last revision October 2008

Segregation and the Quality of Government in a Cross-section of Countries”

(with A. Alesina) last revision September, 2008

Media and Political Persuasion: Evidence from Russia

(with R. Enikolopov and M. Petrova) last revision October 2008

What Makes a Successful Entrepreneur? Evidence from Brazil”

(with S. Djankov, Y. Qian, G. Roland) 2007

Entrepreneurship in Brazil, China, and Russia”

(with S. Djankov, Y. Qian, G. Roland) 2007

State Capture: From Yeltsin to Putin”

(with E.Yakovlev) 2006


American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Public Economics, Economics of Transition, Economics Letters, Journal of European Economic Association, Economics and Politics, American Political Science Review, Journal of Development Economics


Why regulation matters for private protection rackets and public goods provision?”

Russian Economic Trends, Volume 4: Issue 4, 1998


Inter-Governmental Relations in Russia,”

Russian Economic Trends, Volume 8: Issue 1, 1999


Bankruptcy in Russia: Away From Creditor Protection and Restructuring,”

Russian Economic Trends, Volume 9: Issue 1, 2000

Fiscal Federalism in Russia: Problems and Perspectives,”

CEFIR policy paper, 2001 (with R.Enikolopov and A.Makrushin)


Monitoring of Administrative Barriers to Small Business – Rounds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6”

CEFIR policy papers, 2002, 2003, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007



Political Economics

Graduate level. NES-2005, 2006, 2007: Teaching evaluation 5.0 out of 5.0.

Economics of Development

Graduate level. NES-2006, 2007.

Introduction to Behavioral Finance

Undergraduate level. NES-2000.



Fiscal Federalism in Russia: Scenarios of Development,”

CEFIR policy paper, 2002 (with R. Enikolopov)

Causes and Consequences of the Weakness of the Local Fiscal Incentives in Russia,”

CEFIR policy paper, 2003 (with A. Makrushin and I. Slinko)

Electoral Cycles,” Expert, 2002

Economics and Politics of Russian Bankruptcy,” Voprosi Economiki, 2004 (with K.Sonin)

The Great Silk Road of Vladimir Putin,Vedomosti Business Daily, December 11, 2006, No. 233 (1760).

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