• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1. Life-cycle models of labour supply and human capital investment.
2. The effect of parental education on the earnings of children.
3. Education and life-cycle labour supply.
4. Education, health and retirement.
5. Search models of informal employment.

Personal profile


Dr Irina Merkurieva joined the University of St Andrews as a lecturer (assistant professor) in 2014 after completing her PhD in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and got tenure in 2018. She has previously worked at the Graduate School of Management, St Petersburg State University.

Irina is a member and convenor of the Applied Microeconomics Group.

Personal website: https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~im58/

Research overview

Irina is a labour economist with research interests in the areas of retirement, informal employment, and executive compensation. Her work is grounded in life cycle models of labour supply and search and matching models. Irina's current research projects aim to understand the dynamics of executive compensation, the relationship between informal employment and retirement, and the effects of university subject choices on labour market outcomes across the life cycle. Her earlier work focused on the impact of involuntary job loss on the retirement decisions. She also investigated whether the coordination of retirement by couples can be attributed to leisure complementarities.

Research interests

Labour economics; retirement; executive compensation; informal employment; search and matching.

Teaching activity

EC5203 Econometric Methods and Applicationa (MSc)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth


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