CSWEP Board: Olga Shurchkov


Olga Shurchkov is a Professor of Economics at Wellesley College. She specializes in using experimental methods to conduct research aimed at uncovering, explaining, and ultimately reducing the differences in economic outcomes across individual characteristics, such as gender, appearance, and race. Olga is especially interested in the role of stereotypes (biased beliefs) in driving observed behavior.  Her work has been published in numerous economics journals, including the Journal of the European Economic Association, Games and Economic Behavior, and Experimental Economics and has been featured in various media outlets, including the Washington Post, the Economist, and the Daily Show with Trevor Noah. She has previously served as the Director of the Knapp Social Science Center at Wellesley College and was a research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Program. Olga serves as an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. She earned her PhD in Economics from MIT and a BA in Economics and Art History from Wellesley College. As a sixth-degree black belt and internationally certified instructor, Olga enjoys teaching and practicing Taekwon-Do. For more information, please visit her website.