Elivisa Drishti

Doctoral researcher
Rohit Talwar 230xDepartment of Economics

Contact details: EXD473@student.bham.ac.uk

Elvisa is a 2011 Chevening scholar. She has completed a full-time MBA degree with “Distinction” at Oxford Brookes University, U.K., and was awarded the “MBA Student Prize for Best Overall Performance.” She has also finished her studies for the MSc degree in European Economics Studies at the University of Tirana, Albania, in collaboration with University of Bamberg, Germany. She has been a high achiever student also in her bachelor studies.

During her PhD studies she has received research grants such as INGRID, ERASMUS+ and more recently a CERGE-EI Career Integration Fellowship. She is a permanent member of the Business Administration Department at the University of Shkodra and is engaged with several projects such as Econbiz, which promotes open access research, and WageIndicator Albania which seeks to provide standardized labour market data for research. 


  • Master of Sciences in European Economic Studies, University of Tirana in collaboration with University of Bamberg, 02/2010 – 02/2013
  • Master of Business Administration (General), Oxford Brookes University, 09/2011 – 09/2012

Research interests

  • Labour market economics
  • Public policy
  • Organisational psychology

PhD details

Title of PhD: 
The performance of the Albanian labour market: non-standard employment, wage equation estimation, and the impact of non-ability in employability

Prof Fiona Carmichael, Dr Liza Jabbour

PhD description:
Elvisa’s PhD studies investigate how ‘good’ and ‘bad’ forms of employment (e.g.standard - permanent and full-time jobs) versus non-standard - temporary and/or part-time jobs) are related to earnings and quality of life in post-communist Albania. Her research also extends beyond the Albanian labour market to include the EU, specifically the post-communist EU members. The aim here is to investigate the effects of different labour market regulations and welfare regimes. The results of her analysis seek to generate policy based implications to support the development of the Albanian labour market which has been labelled one of the poorest performing in Europe. Since by 2020 Albania is expect to join the EU, the quality of her research has similarly strong political and as such socio-economic insinuations on both, the national and EU level. The experience of researching in a different country with different institutions and regulatory regimes from those in a post-communist country such as Albania have given her fresh eyes on the extent to which institutions matter for labour market performance. In her primary research part of the thesis, she is investigating the effect of personality variables with regard to the labour market performance. 

Conference papers/publications

Book Chapters

Troshani, A., Dizdari, V., Drishti, E. (2017). The bumpy road of the externally transferred austerity agenda in Albania and its fragmentary effects on local public services in Lippi, A., Tsekos, T. N. (eds), Local Public Services in Times of Austerity: The Mediterranean perspective. Palgrave Macmillan

Drishti, E., Kruja, D., Curcija, M., (2016). An evaluation of the impact of entrepreneurship education on the entrepreneurship intentions in the Albanian late transition context in Williams, C., Gurtoo, A., (eds), Handbook on Entrepreneurship in Developing Countries. Routledge: London & New York, pp. 463 - 486

Conference Articles

Drishti, E., (2016). Non-standard Employment and Wage Equation Estimation in Post-Communist Albania: Evidence from a Cross-sectional Dataset. Annual Midlands Regional Doctoral Colloquium, Aston Business School

Drishti, E., (2014). Analysing the Gap of Public Debt Unsustainability: The Albanian Case. Good Governance in Developing Countries. Regional Research Promotion Programme & University of Fribourg

Journal Articles

Kruja, D., Ha, H., Drishti, E. and Oelfke, T., 2016. Empowerment in the hospitality industry in the United States. Journal of Hospitality Marketing & Management, 25(1), pp.25-48.

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