OleksandrĀ  (Sasha) Talavera is a Professor of Financial Economics, University of Birmingham. He received his B.A. at Ostroh Academy (Ukraine), M.A. at EERC (Ukraine), M.A. at Boston College, and his Ph.D. at the European University Viadrina (Germany). Prior to joining the faculty at University of Birmingham, Sasha worked for Swansea University, University of Sheffield, Durham University, University of East Anglia, the Robert Gordon University, and DIW-Berlin. He is broadly interested in social media, online-prices, big data analytics, banking, international finance, and emerging market economies.