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Klara Peter

Associate Professor

Klara Sabirianova Peter’s research focuses on behavioral responses of individuals and firms to public policies in a weak institutional environment. In the context of several transitional economies, she examined the effect of market reforms on the quality of life, worker flows, returns to human capital, and firm efficiency. Currently, she is pursuing a research agenda at the cross-roads of labor and public economics as applied to developing economies. Her research has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Labor Economics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, Research in Labor Economics, Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of European Economic Association, and other refereed journals. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, USAID, U.S. Department of State, Soros Foundation, Ford Foundation and other public and private organizations. Dr. Peter is a faculty fellow at the Carolina Population Center, a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, and a research affiliate with the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, UK. She is a recipient of the 2009 Russian National Prize in Applied Economics. At UNC, she teaches labor economics and economic development.