PhD defence of Violeta Misheva on Thursday 21 April 2016

On Thursday 21 April 2016 Violeta Misheva will defend her PhD thesis entitled 'The Long Run Effects of a Bad Start'. Supervisor is Professor Dinand Webbink (Erasmus School of Economics) and co-supervisor is Dr. Anne Gielen. Other members of the Doctoral Committee are Professor Robert Dur, Professor Tom van Ourthi (both Erasmus School of Economics) and Professor Maarten Lindeboom (VU University Amsterdam).

About Violeta Misheva

Violeta Misheva holds a BA in journalism and mass communications and in economics (2010) from the American University in Bulgaria and an MPhil in empirical microeconomics (2012) from the Tinbergen Institute. She then pursued her PhD at the Erasmus School of Economics, focusing on empirical microeconometrics and, in particular, economics of crime, well-being, education and health. Since October 2015, she has been working as a data scientist.

Abstract of 'The Long-Run Effects of a Bad Start'

What type of negative experiences stimulate criminal involvement? Does the month in which someone is born matter for their eductional performance; and what makes most people happy? This dissertation calls attention to these pressing problems. Some of the findings confirm the evidence in the current literature, whereas others reach opposite conclusions. Either way, all of these problems can benefit from further investigation and policy consideration.

More information

Violeta Misheva conducted her doctoral research at the Tinbergen Institute. The Tinbergen Institute is a joint research institute of Erasmus School of Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Amsterdam and Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of VU University Amsterdam.

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