Rigissa Megalokonomou is an Associate Professor in Economics at Monash University. She is also a Research Affiliate at CESifo and IZA. Her research is in applied micro-economics, focusing on policy-relevant questions in education, migration and labor economics. Megalokonomou often collects and uses novel administrative or self-collected data. Rigissa’s academic research has been published in leading academic journals such as the American Economics Journal: Applied Economics, Economics Journal, Journal of Human Resources, and the American Economic Review and has been featured in The Guardian, The Conversation, The New York Times, The Washington Post, LSE EUROPP, Epoch Times, CEPR and other media outlets. Rigissa won a Young Economist Prize by UniCredit & Universities, a Rising Star award, the 2021 Employee Excellence Award in Early Career Research across the Faculty, and several best paper awards. Her research has been funded by the Queensland Government and Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining Monash, Megalokonomou was a Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of Queensland. Rigissa holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Warwick in the UK.