Field of research: Labour Economics

Lasha Labadze

Lasha Labadze

Lasha Labadze is an Assistant Professor at the American University of the Middle East (AUM). He has worked as an Executive Director at the ISET Policy Institute (ISET-PI), where he was responsible for a team of researchers, performing a variety of research, training and teaching functions.

Lasha Labadze studied at Tbilisi State University’s (TSU) Department of Mathematics. Lasha holds a Master’s degree in economics from ISET and PhD degree from Tbilisi State University. At ISET-PI he was coordinating a number of projects including the Khachapuri Index and Consumer Confidence Index.

*Last updated April 2021


Norberto Pignatti

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Norberto Pignatti is an Energy & Environment and Labor Economist. Norberto holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Bologna (2007). Since 2016, he has been the Head of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Center at ISET Policy Institute. He is also Associate Professor of Policy at the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET), which he joined in 2009. His research interests include labor market policies, energy and environmental policies, and sustainable development.

(Last updated November 2o21)




Olena Nizalova

Olena Nizalova

Olena Nizalova is a Research Fellow in Health Economics at the University of Kent (United Kingdom) and Associate Professor at Kyiv School of Economics. She completed her PhD program in Economics at Michigan State University.

Her recent works include an investigation of the behavior of near elderly with respect to the labor supply and informal care for their elderly parents throughout the world, motherhood wage penalty and inequality in workplace amenities in Ukraine.

Olga Rastrigina

Olga Rastrigina

Olga Rastrigina is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, UK. Before moving to the UK, Olga spent six years as a Research Fellow at BICEPS.

Currently, Olga is working on the development of the tax-benefit micro-simulation model EUROMOD.