Konstantin Sonin

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Konstantin Sonin
Born (1972-02-22) February 22, 1972 (age 42)
Nationality Russia
Institution National Research University – Higher School of Economics
Field Political economy, Development economics, Economic theory
Alma mater Moscow State University
Awards GDN Research Medal (2004)
Information at IDEAS/RePEc

Konstantin Sonin is a Russian economist. He is vice rector and professor of Economics at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia, and a research fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London. Sonin is co-founder of the joint HSE-NES Bachelor of Arts Program. Until August 2013, he was professor of Economics and vice rector at the New Economic School. His primary research interests are in political economics, development economics, and economic theory.[1]

He has published in leading academic journals in economics and political science such as American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of the European Economic Association, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and others. Since April 2011, he has been ranked #1 in Russia by RePEc academic citation service.[2]

Sonin is a columnist for The Moscow Times and Vedomosti (in Russian). He contributes to major international[3] and Russian media outlets. He is the author of "Sonin.ru: Lessons of Economics" (in Russian), a book aimed to a wide audience.


Sonin was born in Moscow. He received his MSc in 1995, and PhD from Faculty of Mechanics and Mathematics of Moscow State University in 1998. In 2000–01, Konstantin was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Davis Center for Russian studies at Harvard. In 2001, he joined New Economic School as an Assistant Professor and in 2009 received tenure as a full Professor of Economics. In 2011–13, he was Vice Rector at New Economic School. As of August 2013, he is Vice Rector and Professor of Economics at the Higher School of Economics. Sonin is co-founder of the joint HSE-NES Bachelor of Arts Program.

In 2004–2005, he was a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, USA. In September 2009 – March 2010 he worked as a Visiting Professor of Managerial Economics and Decision Sciences at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.[4] In May 2014 Konstantin was a visiting scholar in Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics at the University of Chicago.[5]

Awards and memberships[edit]

  • Member of the Science Council of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (since April 2013)
  • Prime-Minister Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research, 2012
  • Research Medal of the Global Development Network, 2004 (1st), 2006, 2009 (2nd)
  • B. L. Ovsievich Memorial Prize, 2009 (2nd)
  • Award for a Best Economist of the Russian Academy of Science, 2002, 2003

Other affiliations and memberships[edit]

  • Research Director of the Center for Advanced Study at Higher School of Economics,[6]
  • Bank of Finland Institute for Economies in Transition, member of the Scientific Advisory Board
  • Kiev School of Economics, member of the International Advisory Board
  • Center for Economic Policy Research, London, UK, Research Fellow[7]
  • Journal of the European Economic Association, Associate Editor[8]
  • European Journal of the Political Economy, member of the Editorial Board[9]
  • Journal of Comparative Economics, member of the Editorial Board[10]

Major publications[edit]