Welcome to my personal webpage.
I am currently a Lecturer at the University of Ioannina in Greece and will soon start working as an Assistant Professor at the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki-Greece. I am also a research associate at the University of Luxembourg.
My research agenda has varied a lot over the years. I started my research as a theorist working on economic growth. Later during my PhD I was fascinated by corruption, a major problem for advanced and advancing economies. During my visit at Brown University as a visiting fellow I was fascinated by the empirical literature on the long-run determinants of economic growth. I thus shifted my research interests to this direction. Moreover I started doing empirical work both at the macro and the micro level.
While a post-doc at the University of Luxembourg I started working more intensely on the long-run determinants of culture and its implications for modern economies and societies. I worked on topics like corruption, trust, political trust, family ties, religion, innovation and attitudes to innovation, war and conflict. I also started working on aging, a topic that is widely debated these days. This new field was combined with my interest on culture and led to an exploration on the cultural implications of aging, a topic largely undrestudied.
Upon my return to Greece I continued working on the above topics but also expanded my research to two more directions. First, on the implications of diversity for individual and firm-level outcomes (several types of diversity, e.g., genetic and gender diversity). Second, I started working on Greek historical data to identify the long-shadow of Greek history on current socio-economic and political outcomes.
More briefly, my (past and current) research interests include exploration of micro and macro level data and are:
-The Long Shadow of (Greek) History on Current Socio-Economic Outcomes
-Diversity (genetic, gender) and it implications
-Immigration and Cultural Aspects of Immigration
-Aging and Cultural Aspects of Aging
-Determinants and implications of Culture (Trust, Religion, Family Ties)
-Growth and the Environment
News and Updates
-Our research paper "Intelligence and Economic Sophistication" with Athanasios Lapatinas is selected by Springer Nature as one of 2019's highly downloaded research in Economics and Finance with more than 4900 hits!
-New paper entitled "Corruption and the Cultural Evolution of Family Ties" a joint work with Dimitrios Varvarigos.
-Our paper "Refugee Mobility: Evidence from Phone Data in Turkey", is featured in the Forced Displacement Literature Review by the Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement.
-We just released our new paper entitled "The Terror of History: Solar Eclipses and the Origins of Social Complexity and Complex Thinking" written jointly with my co-author Eric Roca Fernandez (currently available upon request).
-December 2019: Excited by the programme and the interest attracted by our workshop on Gender and Economics that we organized jointly with my colleague Skerdi Zanaj at the premises of the University of Luxembourg. Fascinating keynote lectures by Eleonora Pattachini and Naci Mocan and fascinating programme (here).
-April 2019: My paper "Occupation-Induced Status, Social Norms, and Economic Growth" with Nikos Kontogiannis and Dimitrios Varvarigos has just been accepted for publication at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization.
-January 2019: Ranked among top 8% of female economist in IDEAS.
- The 3rd CREA workshop on Aging, Culture and Comparative Development, organized by Andreas Irmen and Anastasia Litina took place on Decmber, 12, 13 and 14 with Davide Cantoni, Filipe Campante and Klaus Desmet as the keynote speakers.
-The ASREC Europe 2018 Conference, organized by Andreas Irmen, Anastasia Litina and Skerdiljda Zanaj took place on June, 6-8, 2018 with Nathan Nunn (Harvard) and Luigi Guiso (Einaudi) as keynote speakers.
-The ASREC Europe 2018 Graduate Workshop, organized by Andreas Irmen, Anastasia Litina and Skerdiljda Zanaj took place on June, 5, 2018 with Naci Mocan (Louisiana) and Jeanet Betzen Sinding (Copenhagen) as the keynote speakers.
-Ranked among top 9% of female economist in IDEAS.
-A summary of our paper "Population Aging and Inventive Activity" (with Andreas Irmen) was invited for publication at the Harvard Business Review.
-The 2nd CREA workshop on Aging, Culture and Comparative Development, organized by Andreas Irmen and Anastasia Litina took place on December, 15 and 16, 2017 with Francesco Caselli (LSE) and Uwe Sunde (Munich) as the keynote speakers.
-The 2017 OLG Days, jointly organized by Andreas Irmen and Anastasia Litina, took place on December 12-14, at the University of Luxembourg.
-The 1st CREA workshop on Aging, Culture and Comparative Development, organized by Andreas Irmen and Anastasia Litina, took place on December, 15 and 16, 2017 with Francesco Caselli (LSE) and Uwe Sunde (Munich) as keynote speakers.
-Our application for the internal project AGECON_C (2014), with Andreas Irmen, was successful enabling us to finance our research on "Aging and Culture".