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Liya Palagashvili

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. I am also a research fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU Law. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York-Purchase, where I also taught courses on econometrics, macroeconomics, entrepreneurship, and public policy. 

My research is broadly in political economy and applied public policy. My primary areas of research are on labor and the gig economy, technology startups, and entrepreneurship. I am also interested in questions of governance and economic development, foreign aid, and institutions.

My work has been published in academic outlets such as the Journal of Legal Studies, Public Choice, Review of Development EconomicsJournal of International DevelopmentHistory of Political Economy, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Journal of Institutional EconomicsCambridge University Press, among others. 


I engage in public writing and media activities. I publish op-eds with outlets such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ForbesU.S. News and World Report, Philadelphia Inquirer, Dallas Morning News, among others. In 2016, I was selected as a Forbes '30 under 30' in Law and Policy.

I also write policy papers on labor-related issues. I have been invited to testify with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) in the Executive Office of the President, and my work has been cited by the Department of Labor​, as well as in regulations published in the Federal Register.


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