Elena Besedina is a Senior Researcher at KEI and Objective Coordinator of the USAID Leadership in Economic Governance (LEV) Program. Elena is also an Policy Professor at Kyiv School of Economics.
Elena received her Ph.D. in Economics at Bocconi University in 2008 and Master’s degree in Public administration and International Development at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (now Harvard Kennedy School), in 2003. She was a recipient of the Joint Japan and World Bank scholarship that was used to finance her studies at Kennedy School of Government.
Elena’s focus is on policy-relevant research and analysis as well as teaching: she teaches courses on policy analysis and policy making at the two-year program and short-term programs. She also serves as a short-term consultant for the World Bank.
Leadership in Economic Governance (Objective Coordinator)
Improving Transparency and Effectiveness of Public Procurement in Ukraine through Cooperation with Civil Society (CSO Training supervisor)
- Non-tariff barriers, food safety and international food trade (Researcher)
- Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Development Program in Ukraine (Principal Investigator)
- The Political Economy of Reform – The Case of Ukrainian Labor Reform (Researcher)
Academic Publications and working papers:
- "Going beyond the first child: analysis of Russian mothers'desired and actual fertility Patterns," (joint with Victoria Levin and Tami Aritomi). Policy Research Working Paper Series 7643, The World Bank
- “Technical barriers to trade and SPS measures and exports dynamics”, NUPI Working paper 842
- “Beggar Thy Neighbor? Application of SPS measures by the Russian Federation and Case Study: The Impact of the Russian Import Ban on Ukrainian Confectionary Producers”. NUPI Working Paper: 840.
- “The Political Economy of Labor Reform in Ukraine: Does Accountability Matter?”, Final report for the project
- “Exporting, Productivity and Government Interventions: Is There a Link?”, KSE/KEI Discussion paper #28
- “Exploring International Trade from Below: A Survey of Firm Heterogeneity and Productivity Dynamics”, Micro-Dyn Working paper No 01/07.
- Transactions in Transition: To Barter or Not To Barter? (Ukraine: Monetizing a Transition Economy)