Liya Palagashvili’s research is broadly in law and economics, political economy, development economics, regulation, and entrepreneurship. She has written on topics relating to labor regulations, entrepreneurship, foreign aid agency rankings and aid effectiveness, self-governing communities, culture and transitional economies in Eastern Europe, federalism, and community policing. Currently, she is conducting interviews with tech entrepreneurs and creating a unique survey to examine early tech start-ups and the regulatory framework in their industries, as well as co-authoring a book that analyzes the policies in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

Liya is also the Law and Economics Fellow with the Classical Liberal Institute at New York University School of Law and a Senior Fellow with the Fraser Institute. She earned her PhD in economics from George Mason University in 2015, and while in graduate school, she was also a Visiting PhD Fellow with the Department of Economics at New York University.

She has published in academic journals such as the History of Political Economy, Journal of Institutional Economics, Supreme Court Economic Review, and the Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, among others. Liya has also published in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, MSN, Yahoo Finance, U.S. News and World Report, and Orange County Register, among others.

In 2016, Liya was named one of the Forbes “30 under 30” in Law & Policy.