Curriculum Vitae

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B.A., Wellesley College; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Olga Shurchkov
Assistant Professor of Economics

Research in behavioral and experimental economics, with emphasis on discrimination, institutions, and coordination.

My primary research uses experimental methodology and observational data to investigate the mechanisms behind various types of discrimination in the labor market. For example, I spent the academic year 2011-2012 on leave at the Harvard Kennedy School studying gender differences in performance under competition and time pressure, appearance-based discrimination, and gender differences in leadership productivity.  My other research interests include the effects of learning on coordination during speculative attacks, the process of information aggregation in financial markets, and the importance of institutions and culture. Recent professional acitivities include presentations at the American Economic Association conference and at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

My teaching career began in graduate school when I had the opportunity to teach principles of micro and macroeconomics at MIT and Harvard University. As a visiting professor at Columbia Business School, I taught Global Economic Environment: Business Cycles and Financial Markets. At Wellesley, I teach introductory and intermediate macroeconomics, as well as a seminar on behavioral and experimental economics. My objective in teaching macroeconomics is to provide the students with the tools necessary for understanding the policy issues and for engaging in meaningful discussions of current economic events. Behavioral and experimental economics is a course I designed to introduce students to the many ways economic and psychological factors jointly influence behavior.

As a fourth-degree black belt, I enjoy practicing and teaching Taekwon-Do.