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Dr. Pavel Yakovlev is an Associate Professor of Economics at the Palumbo-Donahue School of Business. He teaches Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Public Economics courses.

He joined Duquesne University in 2007, after earning his doctorate degree from West Virginia University and completing a year of post-doctoral research in the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at WVU. He was a recipient of the WVU Foundation Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship in Social Sciences.

He was born in Siberia and moved to the United States in pursuit of higher education.


  • Ph.D., Economics, West Virginia University
  • M.A., Economics, West Virginia University
  • B.S., Economics and Business Administration, Shepherd College

Research Interests

Dr. Yakovlev mainly conducts empirical research on many diverse topics, including the fields of public, international, and peace economics. He is most interested in issues pertaining to political economy.

Dr. Yakovlev has written articles and book chapters on political institutions, economic growth, arms trade, military spending, taxation, torture, traffic fatalities, suicide, and battlefield deaths.

His ultimate goal is to produce research that will improve policymaking and governance.

Profile Information

  • Research Grant, National Taxpayers Union Foundation, 2018
  • Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship in Social Sciences, WVU Foundation

Articles in Journals

Yakovlev, P., & Spleen, B. (2022). Make Concentrated Trade Not War? Review of Development Economics, 26(2), 661-686.

Yakovlev, P and S. Leguizamon (2019). State Taxes And Legislative Turnover in the United States. Economic Inquiry, 58(1): 518-535.

Yakovlev, P., Tosun, M., & Lewis, W. (2018). The Fiscal Consequences of State Legislative Term Limits. Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, 48 (3), 1-19.

Yakovlev, P., & Orr, C. (2018). On the Road Again: Traffic Fatalities and Auto Insurance Minimums. Public Sector Economics, 41 (1), 45-65.

Yakovlev, P., & Roychoudhury, S. (in press, 2017). State Economic Performance and Effective Tax Rates. Journal of Emerging Issues in Economics, Finance and Banking, 6 (2), 2350-2365.

Yakovlev, P. & Gilson, D. (2015). Public Trust and Press Freedom. Economics Bulletin, 35 (1), 214-225.

Yakovlev, P. A. & Steinkopf, T. (2014). Can Economic Freedom Cure Medical Brain Drain? Journal of Private Enterprise, 29 (3), 97-117.

Yakovlev, P. A. & Davies, A. (2014). How Does the Estate Tax Affect the Number of Firms? Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, 3 (1), 96-117.

Yakovlev, P. A. & Guessford, W. P. (2013). Alcohol Consumption and Political Ideology: What's Party Got to Do with It? Journal of Wine Economics, 8 (3), 335-354.

Yakovlev, P., Ross, J., & Carson, F. (2012). Does state spending on mental health lower suicide rates? Journal of Socio-Economics, 41 (4), 408-417.

Yakovlev, P. A. & Daniels-Leguizamon, S. (2012). Ignorance Is Not Bliss: On the Role of Education in Subjective Well-Being. Journal of Socio-Economics, 41 (6), 806-815.

Yakovlev, P., Tosun, M., & Williamson, C. (2012). Elderly Migration and Education Spending: Intergenerational Conflict Revisited. Public Budgeting & Finance, 32 (2), 25-39.

Yakovlev, P. (2011). In Uncertainty We Trust: A Median Voter Model with Risk Aversion. Financial Theory and Practice Journal, 35 (4), 466-477.

Yakovlev, P. & Inden, M. (2010). Mind the Weather: A Panel Data Analysis of Time-Invariant Factors and Traffic Fatalities. Economics Bulletin, 30 (4), 2685-2696.

Yakovlev, P. & Sobel, R. (2010). Occupational Safety and Profit Maximization: Friends or Foes? Journal of Socio-Economics, 39 (3), 429-435.

Yakovlev, P. & Davies, A. (2009). Pennsylvania's Flawed Film Tax Credit: What the ERA Study won't Tell You. Commonwealth Foundation Policy Brief, 21 (02).

Yakovlev, P. & Kinney, L. (2008). Additional Evidence on the Effect of Class Attendance on Academic Performance. Atlantic Economic Journal, 36 (4), 493-494.

Yakovlev, P. (2008). Saving Lives in Armed Conflicts: What Factors Matter? Economics of Peace and Security Journal, 3 (2), 68-73.

Yakovlev, P. & Sen, A. (2008). What Drives Road Rage? Atlantic Economic Journal, 36 (3), 361-362.

Yakovlev, P. & Sen, A. (2007). The Economic Incidence of West Virginia Taxes from 2004. West Virginia Business and Economic Review, 14, 1-4.

Yakovlev, P. & Sen, A. (2007). Beauty and the Beast: An Empirical Tale of City Attributes. Economics Bulletin, 18 (9), 1-9.

Yakovlev, P. (2007). Ideology, Shirking, and the Incumbency Advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Economics Bulletin, 4 (33), 1-6.

Yakovlev, P. A. (2007). Arms Trade, Military Spending, and Economic Growth. Journal of Defense and Peace Economics, 18 (4), 317-338.

Yakovlev, P. & Tosun, M. (2006). West Virginia Sales Tax on Food for Home Consumption. West Virginia Business and Economic Review, 12, 8-15.

Yakovlev, P. & Tosun, M. (2005). Review of David Brunori's Book ‘Local Tax Policy: A Federalist Perspective'. Journal of Regional Science, 45 (2), 442-444.

Yakovlev, P. & Tosun, M. (2004). West Virginia Personal Income Tax: Major Characteristics and Incidence. West Virginia Business and Economic Review, 10 (2), 1-7.

Yakovlev, P. & Tosun, M. (2003). Economic Incidence of the West Virginia Taxes on Gasoline and Special Fuels. West Virginia Business and Economic Review, 9 (6), 8-10.

Yakovlev, P. & Tosun, M. (2003). Taxing Alcohol in West Virginia. West Virginia Business and Economic Review, 9.

Yakovlev, P. & Tosun, M. (2002). Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development. West Virginia Business and Economic Review, 8 (4).


Yakovlev, P.A., Tosun, M. & Davies, A. (2014). Principles of Microeconomics, p. 234. Cognella.

Yakovlev, P.A. (2009). War and Politics. Analysis of Political Regimes, Military Spending, and Economic Growth, (p. 116). Lambert.

Chapters, Cases, Readings, Supplements

Yakovlev, P., & Roychoudhury, S. (2017). The Role of Public Policy in Entrepreneurship and Migration. In M. Tasto, G. Randolph, and R. Salvino (Eds.), Institutional Frameworks of Entrepreneurship: The Impact of Public Policy on Entrepreneurial Outcomes (pp. 26-42). Massachussetts: Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Yakovlev, P.A. & Roychoudhury, S. (2012). The Role of Public Policy in Entrepreneurship and Migration. In M. Tasto, G. Randolph, & R. Salvino, Institutional Frameworks of Entrepreneurship: The Impact of Public Policy on Entrepreneurial Outcomes.

Yakovlev, P.A., Nist, T., & Weisburg, R. (2011). Crawford Chemicals: Carbon Risk Mitigation in an Uncertain Regulatory Environment. Evolutions in Sustainable Investing. Wiley.

Yakovlev, P.A. (2011). The Economics of Torture. In C. Coyne (Ed.), The Handbook on the Political Economy of War, (p. 704). Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd.

Yakovlev, P.A. (2007). Three Specific Tax Reforms for Increasing Growth. In R. Sobel (Ed.), Unleashing Capitalism: Why Prosperity Stops at the West Virginia State Line and How to Fix It. The Public Policy Foundation of West Virginia.

Yakovlev, P.A., Sen, A., Tosun, M, & Williamson, C. (2007). Retirees and Economic Development in West Virginia. In P. Gordeev (Ed.), Demographics Economics Research Perspectives.