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Assistant Professor of Economics, Binghamton University, State University of New York

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at The State University of New York (at Binghamton). Follow me on Twitter @pnikolov.

I am an Affiliated Professor at The Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science, The University of Chicago's Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, a Research Fellow of the Global Labor Organization, and a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics.

My expertise is in the design and execution of randomized control trials (RCTs) and cohort studies in resource-limited settings and low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). I am a development & labor economist whose research broadly focuses on human capital in LMICs. Using mainly experimental methods, I research in three major areas: (1) causes and consequences of better educational attainment and better health in developing countries, (2) the role of credit constraints in financial markets in low-income settings, and (3) causes and consequences of higher productivity and better labor market outcomes, with particular emphasis on insights from the behavioral sciences, in developing countries.


  • 2015–present
    Faculty Affiliate, University of Chicago, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Group
  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, State University of New York (Binghamton)
  • 2018–present
    Faculty Affiliate, IZA Institute of Labor Economics
  • 2013–2014
    Adjunct Instructor in Economics, Harvard University


  • 2014 
    Harvard University, PhD
  • 2008 
    Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced Intl Studies, Masters
  • 2004 
    American University in Cairo, Arabic Language Institute

Professional Memberships

  • American Economic Association