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Plamen Nikolov is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at The State University of New York (at Binghamton), a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, an Affiliated Professor at The Harvard University Institute for Quantitative Social Science, The University of Chicago's Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group, and a Research Fellow of the Global Labor Organization. He is an economist whose research spans broadly the areas of development economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics and international relations.

Funded by the National Science Foundation Economics Program, Dr. Nikolov received his doctorate from Harvard University in 2014 (thesis titled "Applied Microeconomics of Development"). He holds a master's degree (MA) in International Economics and International Relations (with specialization in Arabic/Middle East Studies) from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) and a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics.

His expertise is in the design and execution of randomized control trials (RCTs) and cohort studies in resource-limited settings. Using mainly experimental methods, his research focuses in three major areas: (1) improving education and health outcomes in developing countries, (2) finance and credit markets in low-income settings, and (3) improving productivity and labor outcomes in developing countries.