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Research Interests

Empirical micro, organizations, incentives, political economy.


Born in the Soviet Union. Studied in the USA, then in the UK. Worked as an analyst in private sector, then in a policy think tank advising Russian government. PhD from the London School of Economics (2005). Junior Research Fellowship at Corpus Christi, Cambridge (2004-2006).

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Huffman, D., Raymond, C. and Shvets, J. Persistent Overconfidence and Biased Memory: Evidence from Managers, (2022) American Economic Review
Shvets, J. Presidential control of the judiciary via the appointment of power: evidence from Russia, (2016) Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization
Shvets, J. Judicial institutions and firms' external finance: evidence from Russia, (2013) Journal of Law, Economics and Organization
Aidt, T. S. and Shvets, J. Distributive politics and electoral incentives: evidence from seven US state legislatures, (2012) American Economic Journal: Economic Policy

Cambridge Working Papers in Economics

Bhattacharya, D., Shvets, J. Inferring the Performance Diversity Trade-Off in University Admissions: Evidence from Cambridge, (2022) CWPE2238
Raymond, C., Shvets, .J. Rank vs Money: Evidence from Managers, (2022) CWPE2256
Aidt, T. S. and Shvets, J. Distributive Politics and Electoral Incentives: Evidence from Seven US State Legislatures, (2011) CWPE1130

Recent Activities

Cambridge Economics Alumni Webinar Series: Investment in a changing world - Publication Date: 2022-03-23
In this webinar, Professor Tiago Cavalcanti outlined the importance of understanding the economic impact of climate change mitigation policies for adoption of such policies that reduce emissions and transition a country towards a low-carbon future. Then, Professor Chryssi Giannitsarou discussed the link between the rise in cross-country stock market correlations and the increase in foreign direct investments across the world.

Cambridge Economics Alumni Webinar Series: The power of information and its limits - Publication Date: 2022-02-01
In this webinar, Dr Julia Shvets (Senior College Lecturer, Fellow of Christ’s College) explored one of the most pervasive of human biases, overconfidence at work. Then Professor Matthew Elliott (Professor of Economics, Fellow of Jesus College) illustrated how big data collected by large internet companies can be used to drastically alter competition in many markets.

How to Change Your Mind? - Publication Date: 2019-06-06
Dr. Julia Shvets took part in a Freakonomics podcast that posed the question "How to change your mind?". Dr. Shvets discussed her research on overconfidence (joint with David Huffman and Collin Raymond), which was funded by the Faculty of Economics's Keynes Fund.

Keynes Fund Sponsored Projects

Shvets, J., Huffman, D. and Raymond, C. B., Understanding Differences in Performance of Managers (JHLX)
Shvets, J. and Aidt, T., Private Provision of Public Goods and Group Dynamics: The Case of COVID-19 Asymptomatic Testing (JHVE)


Part IIB Paper 4 - Lent - Behavioural and Experimental Economics

PhD Students


Alastair Langtry
PhD Title:
Research: Essays on Networks
Vivek Roy-Chowdhury
PhD Title:
Research: Applied microeconomics; behavioural economics

Dr Julia Shvets

Senior College Lecturer (Christ's College)

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics

CV: Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Details
Room: 72
College: Christ's College
College Tel: +44(0)1223 334908