Economists for Ukraine

A global collective of economists and academics working to end Russia's invasion and rebuild Ukraine.

About Us

Economists for Ukraine is an open collective of economists and members from the global academic community working to help protect Ukraine against the unlawful invasion by Russia. Leveraging expertise in macroeconomics, finance, behavioral economics, and game theory, we work on analyses of key factors behind the Russian aggression, understanding the consequences if the aggression is not stopped, coordination with international organizations on policy responses such as sanctions, and proactive planning to rebuild Ukraine after the war.

The founding team includes eminent scholars and voices like Yuriy Gorodnichenko (UC Berkeley), Tetyana Balyuk (Emory University), Tania Babina (Columbia University), Tatyana Deryugina (UI Urbana-Champaign) and Anastassia Fedyk (UC Berkeley).

Motherland Monument among green trees on embankment in Kiev

The Work We Do


Support Russian sanctions with economic evidence, arguments, and analysis.


Share insights into strategic mistakes, logical fallacies, and optimal game-theoretic responses to Putin's aggression.


Enhance supply chain resilience to ensure people get the basic things that they need, when they need them most.


Accelerate and simplify the collection of evidence for war crimes & hold the Russian leadership and military accountable.


Relocate displaced Ukrainian academics, scholars, and students, and rebuild the educational ecosystem.

Sanctions and the Economy

Gain insights into the how sanctions and other economic tools can be leveraged to stop Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine.

Strategic Insights

Gain insights into the painful truth on the ground in Ukraine, as well as long-term impact of Russia’s actions.

The LifeForce Project

Securing access to real-time, uninterrupted information about aid requirements and available resources is key to the humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

The LifeForce Ukraine platform is ensuring a coordinated and resilient response of government and NGO resources, providing immediate support, advice and real time content on a secure platform to those who are most affected in Ukraine.

Learn more about the LifeForce Ukraine Project and how you can get involved.

LifeForce Ukraine
Streets of Ukrain, with all sots of debrie from the war

Project Svidok

Svidok (Witness) is a collection of private and publicly shared war journal entries, as experienced and witnessed by Ukrainian citizens caught in the war.

The entries shared on the platform serve as a rich, time-stamped archive for evidence of war crimes committed by the Russian leadership and their military.

Learn more about Svidok and the ground truth of the unlawful occupation of Ukraine by Russia.

Join our efforts


If you are a Ukrainian Economist who wants to join our group, please fill out this sign-up form to apply.


If you are an Economist who would like to help Ukraine win this war against Putin and get involved in rebuilding Ukraine, please sign up below.

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If you are not an Economist but would like to hear about opportunities to help, please join our mailing list. This mailing list is ideal for journalists, policymakers, and allies to stay up to date on our initiatives.

Founding Team

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Tetyana Balyuk

Assistant Professor of Finance, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Tetyana Balyuk is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Goizueta Business School. Her research spans the areas of corporate finance, financial intermediation, and consumer finance with a specific focus on FinTech and lending. Tetyana holds a PhD in Finance from the Rotman School of Management as well as a CSc in International Economics from the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Prior to academia, Tetyana was an Economic Advisor for Telenor Group Ukraine.
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Yuriy Gorodnichenko

Quantedge Presidential Professor of Economics, University of Berkeley
Yuriy Gorodnichenko is the Quantedge Presidential professor in economics at the University of California, Berkeley, a faculty research associate at the NBER, CEPR, and IZA, and an editor of the Journal of Monetary Economics. Yuriy is an applied macroeconomist with expertise in public finance, development, international economics, and econometrics. He holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from the University of Michigan and M.A. and B.A. degrees from the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy.
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Tania Babina

Assistant Professor of Business, University of Columbia
Tania received a Ph.D. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina. Her research is at the juncture of corporate finance, labor economics, and entrepreneurship. More broadly, she studies inter-relationship between human capital and firm investment, financing, and organizational choices. Her current research explores drivers of entrepreneurship and factors predicting entrepreneurial success.
Anastassia Fedyk

Anastassia Fedyk

Assistant Professor of Finance, Haas School of Business, University of Berkeley
Anastassia is an Assistant Professor of finance at the Haas School of Business. Her research focuses on behavioral biases in individual and group decision-making, particularly concerning information and belief formation. She holds a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University and a BA in Mathematics with honors from Princeton University. 
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Tatyana Deryugina

Associate Professor of Finance, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Tatyana Deryugina is an Associate Professor of Finance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on environmental risk. She is a co-editor of JAERE and EEPE and serves on the board of editors at AEJ: Policy. She is affiliated with NBER, IZA, the E2e Project, and CESifo. Professor Deryugina holds a PhD in Economics from MIT, and a BA/BS from UC Berkeley.
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James Hodson

CEO & Cofounder, AI for Good Foundation
James is the AI for Good Foundation's Co-founder and CEO, who has previously spearheaded Artificial Intelligence initiatives at a number of global firms, and has built successful (and sustainable) for-profit ventures in a variety of industries.

Participating Members

Ilona Sologoub

CEO, VoxUkraine

Andriy Bodnaruk

Professor of Finance, University of Illinois at Chicago

Valentin Bolotnyy

Hoover Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Sergey Chernenko

Associate Professor, Purdue University

Anastasia Danilov

Assistant Professor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Olena Havrylchyk

Professor of Economics, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Tetiana Davydiuk

Assistant Professor of Finance, Carnegie Mellon University

Nina Karnaukh

Assistant Professor of Finance, Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University

Mariana Khapko

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Andrew Kosenko

Assistant Professor, Marist College

Dmitry Livdan

Associate Professor, UC Berkeley

Andriy Norets

Professor of Economics, Brown University

Andrii Parkhomenko

Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics, University of Southern California

Roman Sheremeta

Associate Professor, Case Western Reserve University

Denis Sosyura

Professor of Finance, Arizona State University

Olena Stavrunova

Associate Professor, University of Technology Sydney

Katya Vasilaky

Assistant Professor, California Polytechnic State University

A nation fertile in tradition, soil, and resources, Ukraine finds itself battling for its sovereignty and survival. The Russian invasion is bringing unimaginable suffering to Ukrainian citizens unwillingly drawn into a war.

The unprovoked escalation and relentless bombardment of non-military targets by Russian forces has triggered what is already the largest refugee crisis in Europe since WWII.

People don’t really believe in words. Or rather, people believe in words only for a stretch of time. Then they start to look for action.

Volodymyr Zelensky