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Alexey Zakharov

  • Alexey Zakharov has been at HSE University since 2007.

Education and Degrees

  • 2004

    Candidate of Sciences* (PhD) in Mathematical and Instrumental Methods in Economics
    Central Economic Mathematical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 2003

    Doctoral programme
    Central Institute of Economics and Mathematics of the Russian Academy of Sciences

  • 1999

    New Economic School

  • 1997

    University of Arizona

  • 1997

    Bachelor of Arts
    University of Arizona

* Candidate of Sciences
According to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) 2011, Candidate of Sciences belongs to ISCED level 8 - "doctoral or equivalent", together with PhD, DPhil, D.Lit, D.Sc, LL.D, Doctorate or similar. Candidate of Sciences allows its holders to reach the level of the Associate Professor.

Awards and Accomplishments

Best Teacher – 2022, 2021, 2019, 2018, 2017

Courses (2021/2022)

Courses (2020/2021)

Courses (2019/2020)


Working papers

K. Akoz, A. Zakharov. 2020. Polarized Electorate and Turnout. File

A. Zakharov, I. Marquez II. 2019. Redistributive policy and redistribution preferences: The effects of Moscow redevelopment program.Файл 

A. Zakharov, O. Bondarenko. 2019. Social Status and Social Learning.  File

A. Zakharov. 2018. Resource Curse in Aurocracies.  Файл

R. Duch, D. Laroze, A. Zakharov. 2018. Once a liar is always a lia  Файл

A. Zakharov. 2017. Social Capital can Lessen Redistribution: A Political Economy Analysis.  SSRN Working Paper. 

A. Wright, A. Zakharov. 2017. Insurgent Predation and Wartime Informing.  Файл

A. Zakharov. 2015. The importance of economic issues in politics: A cross-country analysis  File (PDF, 292 Кб)


Research interests

  • Experimental Economics
  • Electoral competition
  • Political economy of conflict and non-democratic regimes
  • Electoral fraud
  • Empirical research in voting behavior

Professional services

  • Reviewer for American Political
    Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Journal of Public Economics, Public Choice, Social Choice and Welfare, Journal of Public Economic Theory, Political Science Research and Methods.
  • Head of Theoretical Economics section, International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. 2010-2018
  • Member of Executive committee, European Political Science Association. 2012-2014
  • Member of HSE Committee on Interuniversity Surveys and Ethical
    Assessment of Empirical Research
  • Member of Dissertation Council at the Faculty of Economic
    Sciences at HSE

The HSE seminar on political economy

From reviewers about reviews

On January 25 the HSE AWC hosted its first event in 2022 – the panel discussion "From reviewers, to reviewers, about reviews."

"Social status and social learning" - New paper by Alexei Zakharov and Oxana Bondarenko

Congratulations to our colleagues for the publication in the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Pre-defense of the dissertation «Social Status and Information Transmission in Experimental Games» by Oxana Bondarenko

The pre-defense of the dissertation took place on January, 21 in Zoom

Economics: Research Program is a Chance and I am Extremely Glad to Take Advantage of it

Nargiz Mammadova, first-year student of the Master's program Economics: Research Program on her way to the Economics: Research Program, her first semester experience, and her takeaways from the HSE University studies

‘My Research Interests Took Shape When I Was a Master’s Student’

Zaruhi Hakobyan earned her Bachelor’s degree in Yerevan, her Master’s from HSE University, and her PhD from both HSE University and the University of Luxembourg. She spoke to the HSE News Service about the differences in academic approaches at various universities.

HSE Welcomes Economics Students and Scholars From the United Kingdom

Students and scholars of the University of Edinburgh School of Economics visited the Higher School of Economics and learned about the teaching and research in economics at the HSE Faculty of Economic Sciences

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Natalia Naumenko (Brown University) about the impact of the 1933 Soviet famine on population and urbanization patterns

Natalia Naumenko studied the impact of the 1933 Soviet famine on population and urbanization patterns and argued that the shortage of labor during the crucial years of rapid industrialization hindered the development of cities in areas struck by the famine. 

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Inna Zaitseva (HSE) about the “Moneyball” phenomenon and players' incentives in football

Inna Zaitseva studied players' incentives to exert different levels of effort in different games. The hypothesis of her research suggests that players can express their loyalty to the values of their club by increasing the level of effort in matches, which are considered as principal for the club. One of the explicit criteria for principal matches in football is a derby status of a game. This research demonstrates, that players in Bundesliga in season 2017-2018 exerted a greater level of effort in home derby games, which supports the idea of players’ loyalty to club’s values.

HSE Hosts Russian National Award in Applied Economics

The winner of the 2018 award is Ina Ganguli, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The American researcher stood out for her series of articles analysing the productivity of Russian scientists in the 1990s, as well as their decisions concerning emigration and the impact that emigration had on the diffusion of Russian science in the United States.

Anatoly Vishnevsky Wins Gaidar Prize

Director of the Institute of Demography, HSE, Tenured Professor Anatoly Vishnevsky was singled out for his outstanding contribution to Russian economic thought. The prize giving ceremony was in Moscow on 12th November.