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Yuliya Kulikova

Research Scholar

Economic Frontiers Program


Yuliya Kulikova received her PhD from the International Doctorate in Economic Analysis, jointly organized by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona and Barcelona School of Economics, Spain, in 2016. She worked as a researcher at the Microeconomic Analysis Division of the Bank of Spain for five years and moved to the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (Japan) in October 2021. In November 2021, she joined the IIASA Economic Frontiers Program as a part-time research scholar to work on economic problems related to equal life chances, COVID-19, and health.

In her research, Kulikova combines tools from Quantitative Macroeconomics and Applied Micro-econometrics to build structural models. She relies heavily on data to estimate these models, but also does purely empirical or purely modeling work. Her research interests include (i) social mobility and inequality, (ii) labor economics, (iii) family economics, (iv) health economics, and (v) the interaction between genomics and economics.

She has been involved in projects spanning a range of topics including the role of health in children's human capital production and the intergenerational transmission of inequality; the labor market dynamics of households; the effect of family-friendly policies on fertility and the labor market outcomes of females; the role of assortative mating and selection into marriage on the health outcomes of spouses; and the dynamics of vaccination and the evolution of vaccine-resistant strains during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Her work has been published in the journals European Economic Review and Nature Scientific Reports.

Last update: 10 DEC 2021


Rella, S.A., Kulikova, Y., Minnegalieva, A.R., & Kondrashov, F.A. (2023). Complex vaccination strategies prevent the emergence of vaccine resistance. IIASA Working Paper. Laxenburg, Austria: WP-23-005