Liya Palagashvili joins this week’s She Thinks episode to help us assess the harms and threats to independent contracting through a new Department of Labor rule. As more and more Americans are choosing flexible and entrepreneurial jobs, how will reclassifying “independent contractors” as “employees” change the opportunities and benefits that many workers seek? 

Liya Palagashvili is a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Her primary research interests include entrepreneurship, regulation, and the gig economy. She has published academic articles, book chapters, policy papers, and articles in media outlets such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. In 2016, she was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30” in Law & Policy. Palagashvili was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the State University of New York-Purchase and earned her Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.