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Ekaterina Zhuravskaya is Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics (EHESS) since 2010. She is also a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in Public Policy and Development Economics programs. She got her PhD at Harvard University in 1999 and spent the 10 subsequent years working as Professor at the New Economic School in Moscow. Her main academic interests are in political economy. Her ERC project “The Economics of Ethnic Prejudice” studies the factors that make ethnic diversity important for conflict and economic development. The first sub-project uses forced mass movements of ethnic groups in Eastern Europe and from Eastern Europe to Central Asia as a result of WWII to test social psychology theories of ethnic identity. The second sub-project studies how ethnic occupational segregation affects ethnic tensions in the context of historical anti-Jewish violence in the 19th and 20th century Eastern Europe. The third sub-project focuses on the effects of political manipulation on ethnic conflict in the context of the historical experiment of nation building in Central Asia. It studies how political empowerment of a certain ethnic elite in a multi-ethnic traditional society coupled with a set of nation-building policies affects ethnic conflicts depending on the pre-existing ethnic mix and the distribution of political power among ethnic elites.