Tea  Gamtkitsulashvili

Tea Gamtkitsulashvili

PhD candidate in Economic Geography

Department of Geography and Environment

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English, Georgian, German, Russian
Key Expertise
Inequality, Economic development, Foreign direct investments, Innovation

About me

I study the role of social networks in productivity and knowledge spillovers, as well as firms' location decisions and the geography of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI). I seek to shed light on the underlying mechanisms through which these networks affect firms' abilities to adapt and grow amidst uncertain economic conditions and heightened competitive pressures.

Through leveraging novel data and mapping individuals’ interpersonal connections, my research endeavours to causally identify potential mechanisms through which these networks perpetuate productivity divergence between firms and intensify economic inequalities.

Before starting my PhD, I was working at the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development for three years.

I hold an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Financial Economics from the University of St Andrews.

Working papers

Killing Two Birds with One Stone: Sound Investment with Social Impact, joint with Alexander Plekhanov and Alexander Stepanov. Read paper.


Gamtkitsulashvili, T., & Plekhanov, A. (2023). Mobility and economic activity around the world during the Covid-19 crisis. Applied Economics Letters. Read paper.

Policy reports

How Big is the State?, joint with Megginson W., Monioudis N., Plekhanov A., Chapter 1, Transition Report, 2020-21. Read report

ESG objectives of state-owned and private firms: evidence from project proposals submitted to the EBRD, joint with Plekhanov A. and Jain G., Chapter 2 Box, Transition Report, 2020-21. Read report

The Governance Dividend, joint with Fisman R., Guriev S., Ioramashvili C., Plekhanov A., Chapter 1, Transition Report, 2019-20. Read report


Prof Riccardo Crescenzi
Prof Andrés Rodríguez-Pose

Expertise Details

Foreign direct investment; Brexit and economic uncertainty; Productivity spillovers; Firm heterogeneity and inequality; Social networks