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The Russian economy under Putin (so far)

Torbjörn Becker, SITE

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“New Goods” Trade in the Baltics

Julián P. Díaz, Quinlan School of Business
Sang-Wook (Stanley) Cho, University of New South Wales

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Independent Media and Contemporary Military Doctrines

Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Paris School of Economics

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Cross-Country Differences in Convergence in CESEE

By Bas B. Bakker, IMF
Krzysztof Krogulski, IMF

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Monetary Policy Puzzle in the Presence of a Negative TFP Shock and Unstable Expectations

Dzmitry Kruk, BEROC

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Is There a Dutch Disease in Russian Regions?

The low economic diversification in Russia is commonly blamed on the abundance of energy resources. This brief summarizes the results of our research that investigates the presence of Dutch disease effects across Russian regions. We compare manufacturing subsectors with different sensitivity to the availability of...
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Poland’s Road to “High Income Country” Status: Lessons Learnt – Not Only for Other Countries

In this brief we summarize and discuss results presented in a recent World Bank Report focused on Poland’s path from middle to high-income country status. In the period until 2015, Poland’s economic development distinguished itself by its stability and consistency of the implemented reform package,...
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School Financing, Teacher Wages and Educational Outcomes in Russia

The policy proposal to increase the share of budget spent on public education implies that higher financing leads to better quality of education. This, however, is far from certain. We test and compare the effects that different levels of financial resources available to schools and...
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Remaining Challenges for Faster Growth in CESEE

Between 1995 and 2016, per capita GDP levels in Europe have converged, as countries that had lower income levels in 1995 on average have seen faster growth rates between 1995 and 2016 (Figure 1). Figure 1 Income differentials between CESEE and Germany have narrowed significantly...
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Economic Gender Equality Issues in Transition Economies

Until a couple of decades ago, gender was almost a non-topic within development economics.[1] But in the 1990s research gradually showed that gender inequality could have substantial impact on macroeconomic outcomes. At the same time it became clear that women and men were hit differently...
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