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Research Interests

Empirical micro, behavioural economics, organizations, political economy


Julia Shvets is a College Associate Professor and the Director of Studies in Economics at Christ’s College, Cambridge. She was born in Moscow, and studied in the US, before receiving her PhD from the London School of Economics. Prior to joining Christ’s, she was a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Her research primarily studies individual behaviour, often using data from organisations. She is interested in bridging the gap between theoretical research (particularly, but not only, in behavioural economics) and empirical evidence, and she has worked with a variety of empirical methods, using both naturally occurring data and experiments.

Recent Publications

Published Papers

Bhattacharya, D. and Shvets, J. Inferring Trade-Offs in University Admissions: Evidence from Cambridge, (2024) Journal of Political Economy, accepted
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: 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.

What is it That (Micro)Economists Do, Anyway? - Publication Date: 2021-05-04
If you are new to economics, the answer may not be what you think. In this video Julia talks to six form students about what an Economist can do with the mix of mathematics, Homer and seatbelts, at an event organized by Christ’s Admissions office.

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: Networks, Political Economy
Vivek Roy-Chowdhury
PhD Title:
Research: Applied microeconomics; behavioural economics

Dr Julia Shvets

College Associate Professor (Christ's College)

Research Group:
Empirical Microeconomics

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