Teodora Boneva

Welcome to my webpage! My primary research fields are labour economics and education economics, and my research focuses on the formation of skills, personality and preferences in childhood, as well as the role of beliefs in human capital investment decisions. More recently, I have studied the labour market impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of different public policies in buffering the economic impact of the crisis. We have launched a new website for this project:


I collect novel data and use a variety of different research methods such as field experiments and survey-based techniques to understand how we can promote skill acquisition and narrow socioeconomic gaps in educational and labor market outcomes.

I am Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at the University of Zurich, endowed by the Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development. I was previously Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow at Hertford College. I am also Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), Fellow of the Jacobs Foundation Research Fellowship Program, Research Affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) and the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), and Member of the CESifo Research Network and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity (HCEO) Global Working Group. I am a Founding Member & Organizer of the Early-Career Behavioral Economics (ECBE) Conference.

My updated CV can be found here: CV