Ekaterina Vashkinskaya

Ekaterina Vashkinskaya

Policy Officer

School of Public Policy

Room No
French, Russian
Key Expertise
Public Policy, International Development, Growth Policy, Macroeconomics

About me

Ekaterina is a Policy Fellow at the Growth Lab Research Collaboration at LSE, where she’s working on advanced applied research and supporting the Government of South Africa in its formulation of policies to accelerate economic growth and inclusion. She joined Harvard’s Growth Lab as an Economic Analysis and Data Management Fellow in 2021 and worked on analyzing Kazakhstan’s and UAE’s macro outlook and identifying structural economic problems to inform public policy in the countries. 

She graduated with a Master’s degree in Quantitative Economics and Econometrics from The University of Chicago and holds a summa cum laude Bachelors' degree in Economics from the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow. At UChicago, her work focused on the public policy implications of the research on the intersection of macroeconomics and development. For her MA thesis, she studied whether policymakers in the developing world can exacerbate the undesired economic consequences of private debt booms with their monetary and fiscal interventions. 

Before joining the Growth Lab, she was involved in different research projects spanning from macroeconomics to education. Ekaterina served as a Research Intern at several international laboratories at HSE, where she was carrying out economic research in the fields of Institutional Economics and Monetary Economics. She also worked as a Research Assistant at Sciences Po, where her work focused on Political Economy applications for development. Throughout her employment, she got experience evaluating and writing about international and local development and economic policies aimed at academic productivity, innovation activity, and economic stability. 

Her research interests include macroeconomic and development policies aimed at growth's promotion, together with firm dynamics and economic growth in the EMDEs.