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Dr Olena Nizalova PhD

Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics



A joint Senior Research Fellow in Health Economics in CHSS and the Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) within the School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research (SSPSSR), I also lecture in Econometrics at the School of Economics. My research interests are in applied economics on the interrelation between individual health and informal care behaviour and labour market outcomes, policy evaluations of health care interventions and other government initiatives.

Within PSSRU I am engaged in two projects – investigation of the risk factors for future care use; and substitutability between formal and informal care. My other research projects are:

  1. study of the impact of severe recessions on obesity and health-related behaviours among working age males (in collaboration with Edward C. Norton from University of Michigan),
  2.  study of the impact of wages on the amount of informal care provided to elderly parents in various long-term care regimes across Europe.

Within CHSS I lead Horizon 2020 project "Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: cumulative disadvantage, coping strategies, effective policies and transfer" (EXCEPT), and a feasibility study "Effectiveness of public health system in combating severe population health crisis in Ukraine" funded by a Consortium (Wellcome Trust, ESCR, UK Aid, and MRC). My work also supports a wide range of projects in the area of impact evaluation and cost effectiveness analysis (e.g. the evaluation of BLF ‘Breathe Easy’ Integrated groups).

My interests lie in how the conditions and individual outcomes in the labour market shape individual behaviours and engagement with the family and community. Over the 7 years of my work in Ukraine, my interest in and understanding of the importance of evaluations of major government has developed through leading projects evaluating health care interventions and major reforms in social assistance in Ukraine. My interests in the problems around population ageing, in particular the growing demand for long-term formal or informal care continue to grow.

As an experienced quantitative researcher with significant background in Econometrics, my research interests led me to explore the fields of Health and Labour Economics, which I find very interesting and engaging.
I joined the University of Kent in 2013, having completed my tenure as an Associate Professor at the Kyiv School of Economics in Ukraine where I worked from 2005.

I completed my Specialist Degree in Business Management at the Ukrainian State Maritime Technical University, MA in Economic Theory from the EERC MA Program in Economics at the National University “Kyiv Mohyla Academy” Ukraine, and PhD from Michigan State University (USA). My dissertation title was “Three Essays in Labour Economics and Economics of Aging”

I have achieved the following awards:
Ronald and Eileen Weiser Professional Development Award (2012)
iHEA (International Health Economics Association) Award (2009, 2013)
PAA (Population Association of America) Award (2009)
Swedish Government Professorship Award (2005-2006)

RAND Summer Institute. Demography, Economics, and Epidemiology of Aging and Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists (2004)
Referee Service: Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Health Economics, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy
National Applied Economics Prize (Russia, http://econprize.ru/), Expert (2011)
Municipal Economic Development Toolkit, http://www.municipaltoolkit.org/, Russian version editor (2008)
Economics Education and Research Consortium, Economics Research Grant Competition, Expert (2007 – currently)
Master students – Principal Advisor on MA Thesis: 
Violeta Skrypnikova, Valeria Pokidina, Kateryna Chmelova (2013);
Stsiapan Padchsha, Vladyslav Petrov, Oleksandra Slobodian, Ulyana Kravchenko, Alisa Firsova (2012);
Iuliia Grytsiv (2011); Volodymyr Korsun (2010); Galyna Grynkiv (2009); Ganna Bielen’ka, Victoria Golovtseva, Olga Gavryliuk (2008);
Olena Senyuta, Veronika Ivanova, Tamara Sliusarenko, Maia Gejadze (2007); Cristina Craciun (2006).

ERSTE Foundation Social Research Fellow (2012-2013)
P.E.O. International Peace Fellowship (2001-2003)
MSU Graduate School Fellowship (2000–2001)
H.R. Neville Fellowship in Economics (2000-2001)
K.L. Klomparens Fellowship (2000)
EERC Graduate Study Grant (2000)

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Voßemer, J. et al. (2018). The effect of an early-career involuntary job loss on later life health in Europe. Advances in Life Course Research [Online] 35:69-76. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.alcr.2018.01.001.
Norton, E., Nizalova, O. and Murtazashvili, I. (2018). Does past unemployment experience explain the transition happiness gap? Journal of Comparative Economics [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2018.04.004.
Yang, W., Forder, J. and Nizalova, O. (2016). Measuring the productivity of residential long-term care in England: methods for quality adjustment and regional comparison. European Journal of Health Economics [Online]. Available at: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10198-016-0816-z.
Nizalova, O., Sliusarenko, T. and Shpak, S. (2016). The Motherhood Wage Penalty in Times of Transition. Journal of Comparative Economics [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jce.2015.10.009.
Nizalova, O. and Murtazashvili, I. (2014). Exogenous treatment and endogenous factors: vanishing of omitted variable bias on the interaction term. Journal of Econometric Methods [Online] 5:71-77. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1515/jem-2013-0012.
Nizalova, O. (2012). The Wage Elasticity of Informal Care Supply: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study. Southern Economic Journal [Online] 79:350-366. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.4284/0038-4038-2010.133.
Winkler, J. et al. (2010). A Conceptual Framework for Multi-Regional Climate Change Assessments for International Market Systems with Long-Term Investments. A conceptual framework for multi-regional climate change assessments for international market systems with long-term investments [Online] 103:445-470. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10584-009-9781-1.
Nizalova, O. and Vyshnya, M. (2010). Evaluation of the impact of the Mother and Infant Health Project in Ukraine. Health Economics [Online] 19:107-125. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hec.1609.
Rokicka, M. et al. (2017). Medium-term socio-economic consequences of insecure labour market positions. EXCEPT Working Paper No.12. Available at: http://www.except-project.eu/files/filemanager/files/WP12_Medium_term_socio_economic_consequences_V2.pdf.
Nizalova, O. (2017). Motherhood wage penalty may affect pronatalist policies. IZA World of Labour. Available at: https://wol.iza.org/articles/motherhood-wage-penalty-may-affect-pronatalist-policies.
Nizalova, O., Shapoval, N. and Nikolaieva, O. (2017). Current Population Health Needs and their Regional Distribution in Ukraine Working Paper 2. Centre for Health Services Studies, Unviersity of Kent and Kyiv Economics Institute, Kyiv School of Economics.
Baronowska-Rataj, A. et al. (2016). Interdependencies between labour market insecurity and well-being: Evidence from panel data. EXCEPT Working Paper No.8. Available at: http://www.except-project.eu/files/filemanager/files/WP8_Interdependencies_between_labour_market_insecurity_and_well-being.pdf.
Merritt, R. et al. (2016). Evaluation of the British Lung Foundation's Integrated Breathe Easy Voluntary Group Network Findings from the outcome, impact and economic evaluation. University of Kent. Available at: https://www.blf.org.uk/sites/default/files/IntegratedBreatheEasy-081216a.pdf.
Athanasiades, C. et al. (2016). Report on the institutional setting and policies on the well-being and health of youth in insecure labour market positions in EU-28 and Ukraine. EXCEPT Working Paper No.7. Available at: http://www.except-project.eu/files/filemanager/files/WP7_Report_on_the_impact_of_the_institutional_setting_and_policies_on_the_well-being_and_health.pdf.
Castelli, A. and Nizalova, O. (2011). Avoidable Mortality: What It Means And How It Is Measured. University of York. Available at: http://www.york.ac.uk/media/che/documents/papers/researchpapers/CHERP63_avoidable_mortality_what_it_means_and_how_it_is_measured.pdf.
Research report (external)
Nizalova, O., Nizalov, D. and Vakhitova, H. (2010). Social Assistance System Modernization Project Impact Evaluation: Final Report. Ministry of Labor of Ukraine and World Bank.
Conference or workshop item
Gadsby, E. et al. (2018). Working differently for improved primary care for young people in a difficult financial climate.
Nizalova, O. (2014). Relative Cost Effectiveness of Informal Care, Social Care and Paid Help Services in Preventing/Postponing Care/Nursing Home Admissions. in: International Long-term Care Policy Network Conference 2014.. Available at: http://www.ilpnetwork.net/index.php/accepted-abstracts.
Nizalova, O. (2014). The Wage Elasticity of Informal Care Supply: Do Long-Term Care Policies Matter? in: 10th World Congress "Health Economics in the Age of Longevity".
Nizalova, O., Forder, J. and Gousia, K. (2014). Body Mass, Physical Activity and Future Care Needs. in: International Long-term Care Policy Network Conference 2014.. Available at: http://www.slideshare.net/olenanizalova/bmi-future-care20140901.
Nizalova, O. (2014). Performance of Health Care Systems: Does Structure of Government Spending Matter? in: European Mortality Workshop.
Nizalova, O. (2014). Inequality in Workplace (Dis)amenities Over the Course of Transition. in: 2nd Annual Congress.. Available at: http://www.kse.org.ua/download.php?downloadid=346.
Ganna, V., Nizalova, O. and Nizalov, D. (2013). Social Assistance System Modernization and Participation of the Poor. in: Global Development Network Annual Conference.. Available at: http://gdn.int/admin/uploads/editor/files/2013Conf_Papers/OlenaNizalova_Paper.pdf.
Nizalova, O. (2013). Long-run Effects of Severe Economic Recessions: Drastic Changes in Working Hours and Male BMI Trajectories. in: IHEA 9th World Congress on Health Economics.. Available at: http://ihea2013.abstractsubmit.org/presentations/10266/.
Nizalova, O. (2010). Evaluation of the Social Assistance System Modernization Project in Ukraine. in: GIZ Conference of Systemic Policy Evaluation.
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