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Russia and Oil — Out of Control

Torbjörn Becker, SITE

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And the Lights Went Out – Measuring the Economic Situation in Eastern Ukraine

Tom Coupe, KSE/KEI
Michał Myck, CenEA
Mateusz Najsztub, CenEA

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Global Inequality – What Do We Mean and What Do We Know?

Jesper Roine, SITE

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Spatial Wage Inequality in Belarus

Aleh Mazol, BEROC

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Expanding Leniency to Fight Collusion and Corruption

Reinaldo Diogo Luz, UFMG Law School
Giancarlo Spagnolo, SITE

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Trade Preferences Removal – The Case of Belarus

How does the removal of trade preferences influence the exports of the affected country? We study this question on the example of Belarus’ loss of trade preferences granted by the EU to developing countries. Our brief argues that trade preferences are most important for simple...
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Too High or Too Low? The Pros and Cons of Regulating the Reserve Price in Public Procurement in Russia.

In theory, an optimally set reserve price leads to an optimal outcome in all standard auctions. In reality, however, it is difficult to identify the optimal reserve price. In public procurement auctions, a higher reserve price may lead to a higher competition for the contract,...
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Higher Competition in the Domestic Market – A Way to Boost Aggregate Productivity

Competition is a good thing not only because of lower prices and larger variety. Higher competition in the domestic market also shifts necessary labour and capital resources from less productive domestic-oriented firms to export-oriented productivity champions. Such firms will make better use of production factors...
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Do Regional Ties Add to Depositor Trust during the Crisis? Evidence from Russia

The question of whether regional banks should be treated differently has recently become all the rage in the banking authorities’ debates in Russia. We add to this discussion by analyzing bank regional ties in the flight-to-familiarity context, which implies that agents naturally feel more favorable...
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Gaming the System: Side Effects of Earnings-Dependent Benefits

Today policy makers in developing and middle-income countries face tremendous challenges in combating various forms of tax evasion. Increasingly it is proposed to tie social security benefits to the reported income and in this way increase tax compliance incentives. We use administrative data from Latvia...
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