Plamen V Nikolov


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  • My Lab for Development Research
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications in Economics Journals
    1. One Step at a Time: Does Gradualism Build Coordination? (with M. Ye, J. Zheng and Sam Asher). 2019. Management Science (Behavioral Economics section) 66(1):113-29. doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.2018.3210. [Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX][PDF of Preprint] AEA RCT Entry. Non-technical Summary

    2. Vocational Training Programs and Youth Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Nepal. (The lead & corresponding author for this study; with S. Chakravarty, M. Lundberg and J. Zenker). 2019. Journal of Development Economics 136(1):71-110. doi.org/10.1016/j.jdeveco.2018.09.002. [Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX] [PDF of Preprint] AEA RCT Entry Non-technical Summary

    3. Do Public Program Benefits Crowd Out Private Transfers in Developing Countries? A Critical Review of Recent Evidence. (with M. Bonci) 2020. World Development 134(October):104967. doi.org/10.1016/j.worlddev.2020.104967. [Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX][PDF of Preprint] Non-technical Summary

    4. The Importance of Cognitive Domains and the Returns to Schooling in South Africa: Evidence from Two Labor Surveys (with N. Jimi). 2020. Labour Economics 65(August), 101849. doi.org/10.1016/j.labeco.2020.101849. [Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX][PDF of Preprint] Non-technical Summary

    5. What Factors Drive Individual Misperceptions of the Returns to Schooling in Tanzania? Some Lessons for Education Policy (with N. Jimi). 2018. Applied Economics 50(44):4705-4723. doi.org/10.1080/00036846.2018.1466991. [Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX][PDF of Preprint] Non-technical Summary

    6. Short-Run Health Consequences of Retirement and Pension Benefits: Evidence from China (with A. Adelman). 2019. Forum for Health Economics & Policy 21(2):1-27. 20170031, eISSN 1558-9544. doi.org/10.1515/fhep-2017-0031.[Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX] [PDF of Preprint] Non-technical Summary

    7. Time Delay and Investment Decisions: A Field Experiment in Tanzania (Accepted). arXiv:2006.02143v2. [Cite Record/BibTeX][PDF of Preprint] AEA RCT Entry Non-technical Summary

    8. Do Private Household Transfers to the Elderly Respond to Public Pension Benefits? Evidence from Rural China (with A. Adelman). 2019. The Journal of the Economics of Ageing 14C(Fall):100204. doi.org/10.1016/j.jeoa.2019.100204.[Published Paper][Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX][PDF of Preprint] Non-technical Summary

    9. Productivity Effect of Credit Access for Microenterprises in Bangladesh: Separating Technical Change from Technical Efficiency Change (with N. Jimi, S. Kumbhakar and M. Malek). 2019. JPA 52(2019):37-55. doi.org/10.1007/s11123-019-00555-8. [Published Paper] [Copy] [Cite Record/BibTeX] [PDF of Preprint] AEA RCT Entry. Non-technical Summary

    10. Risk Compensation and HIV Therapy: A Field Experiment in South Africa (Under review/Revisions requested) [PDF of preprint available upon request] Old Slides

    11. The Wage Premium of Communist Party Affiliation in China (with H. Wang and K. Acker).(Accepted) [PDF of Preprint]

  • Papers in Revise and Resubmit Status in Economics Journals
    1. Better Late than Early: Human Capital and Female Aspirations Regarding Marital Timing in Nepal. (Revise and Resubmit)

  • Working Papers & Ongoing Projects
    • The Role of Retirement Policies on Human Capital Depreciation in Late Adulthood (with A. Adelman) [PDF of Preprint] [Slides] [Press Release 1][Press Release 2]

    • Credit Constraints and Female Empowerement Outcomes within the Household: Field Experiment in Bangladesh (with N. Jimi and Christopher Hanes) (NSF funded; Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Economics Program; Data collection field activities on hold due to COVID-19). NSF Blurb. AEA RCT Entry.

    • Does Human Capital Accumulation Induce Microenterprise Formalization and Transformative Entrepreneurship? Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design in Nepal. (with N.Jimi) (Under review) AEA RCT Entry.

    • How Does Education Affect Cognitive Formation in Early Life in Developing Countries? (with S. Yeh) (In preparation for submission)

    • The Effect of Educational Attainment on Human Capital Depreciation in Old Age: Evidence from South Africa. (with S. Yeh) (In preparation for submission)

    • Do Pension Benefits Crowd Out Labor Supply? Evidence from Regression Discontinuity Design in Rural China. (with X. Wang) (In preparation for submission)

    • Labor Supply of Prime-aged Adults in the Presence of Pensioners in Households: Longitudinal Evidence from China. (with S. Hossain & A. Oktyabri) (In preparation for submission)

    • Female Economic Empowerment and Domestic Violence in Nepal. (Under Review)

    • Inheritance Law Changes and Female Economic Empowerment (with S. Hossain) Division of Social and Economic Sciences, Economics Program

    • The Labor Market Impact of Immigration in the E.U. (with Matthew Bonci and L. Salarpour) (In preparation for submission)

    • Skill Downgrading among Economic Immigrants and Refugee Migrants in the E.U. (with David Titus & L. Salarpour) (In preparation for submission)

    • Retirement Benefits and Crowdout in Personal Savings Accounts: Evidence from China (with Yee-Lynn Lee & Nicholas Langel) (Manuscript preparation)

    • Why Are the Returns to Schooling in Developing Countries Higher for Women than for Men? Evidence from Tanzania (with M. Bonci) (Manuscript preparation)

    • Does Scarcity Influence Productivity and Optimizing Behavior? (with P. Liang, NYU) (Lab Experimental Project, Data collection completed) AEA RCT Entry.

      Scarcity evokes a unique psychology in and of itself. Scarcity is not just about not having enough money, but it can be about not having enough time, not having enough focus or enough attention-span. Using an artefactual field experiment, I explore how exogenous changes to "available time" influence individuals' productivity and capacity to optimize.

    • Micronutrient Deficiency and Labor Market Outcomes: Evidence from Tanzania

    • The Role of Heuristics and Perception in Influencing Individuals' Demand for Social Distancing in the Context of COVID-19 (Field Experimental Project) [PDF of Preprint] Non-technical Summary

    • The Contribution of Health in Utero to Capacity Formation, Education, and Economic Outcomes: Experimental Evidence From Tanzania (Data collected) AEA RCT Entry

    • Empirical Estimates of Risk Preferences and Time Preferences in Low-income Countries (Field Experimental Project, Data collection completed) AEA RCT Entry.

    Other Peer-Reviewed Publications

    • Chakravarty, S., M. Lundberg, Plamen Nikolov, and J.Zenker. The role of training programs for youth employment in Nepal. (2016). The World Bank, Policy Research Paper WPS7656. [PDF of Paper]

    • Nikolov, Plamen. "The AIDS Epidemic and Its Economic Roots." (2009). Harvard Health Policy Review 10(1): 21-25. [PDF of Paper]

    • Nikolov, Plamen. "Justice and Allocation in International Health Aid Is The Economic Justification Rational?" (2007). Johns Hopkins SAIS Perspectives 6(Spring): 17-19. [PDF of Paper]

    • Dall, Tim, Plamen Nikolov, and Paul Hogan. "Economic Costs of Diabetes in the U.S. in 2002" (2003). Diabetes Care 26(3): 917-932. [PDF of Paper]




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