Ekaterina (Katya) Jardim joined the Evans School as a Research Associate in June of 2016. Dr. Jardim is a labor economist with research focus on local labor markets, labor demand and job search, and extensive experience working with employer-employee matched data. She received a Ph.D. in Economics from Duke University in 2016 and a M.A. in Economics from the New Economic School in 2010.
In her doctoral dissertation, she used an administrative dataset from Brazil to study how much employment growth across firms is constrained by labor market conditions, such as wage growth or tight labor markets, both of which make hiring more costly. As part of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study, she is particularly interested in understanding how businesses in Seattle adjust to higher labor costs caused by the minimum wage hike.