liya.palagashvili@nyu.edu

CV available here

I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. I am also a research fellow 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. To this end, I have written on policing, foreign and federal aid, and how colonial institutions altered tribal governance in West African chiefdoms. 

My work has been published in academic outlets such as the Journal of Legal Studies, Review of Development EconomicsPublic Choice, Journal of International DevelopmentHistory of Political Economy, University of Chicago Legal Forum, Journal of Institutional EconomicsArizona State Law JournalCambridge University Press, among others. 

 

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

 

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