kathryn (katya) vasilaky


I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics, Orfalea College of Business, Cal Poly and Research Affiliate at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at Columbia University.

My research topics are situated in experimental and development economics, utilizing lab experiments in the field, and randomized control trials (RCT). My secondary work is in the intersection of econometrics and machine learning, including bias correction methods and regularization methods for high dimensional problems.

In line with my research, I believe in making education accessible and free in an inclusive learning environment. To this end I co-ran Pyladies NYC, taught for Girls Who Code, currently co-run PyData SLO and Women in Economics, and am a mentor for Beacon at Cal Poly, and for the Family Care Network in San Luis Obispo.