March 2, 2015

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What Ukrainians Expect From Reforms

Author: Tom Coupé, KSE. Ukraine needs reforms badly. However, there is a huge difference in how the government, the expert community, and the general public understand reforms. According to a recent survey conducted by a prominent Ukrainian newspaper, people expect that reforms should, in the first place, improve their personal wellbeing. However, research findings beware […]

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February 23, 2015

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Fiscal Decentralization and Budget Discipline in Russian Regions

Authors: Michael Alexeev, Indiana University, Nikolay Avxentyev and Arseniy Mamedov, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. We use panel data from the Russian regions for 2005-2013 to estimate the link between intraregional fiscal decentralization and regional budget deficits. Although Russian regions are not as autonomous in their fiscal policies as regions in other […]

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February 16, 2015

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The Aid Effectiveness Literature: Is It Over Yet?

Author: Maria Perrotta Berlin, SITE. After several decades of studies, the academic community still does not have an answer to whether foreign aid affects growth, and in which direction. Part of the reason for such an outcome may lie in a wide variety of models, techniques and data used. However, the main reason is probably […]

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February 9, 2015

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On Leniency, Damages and Deterrence

Authors: Catarina Marvão and Giancarlo Spagnolo, SITE. On November 26th of 2014, an EU Directive on antitrust damage actions was signed into law. The Directive is to praise as it does a lot to facilitate private antitrust actions in the EU. However, the Directive also tries to address a possible conflict between public and private […]

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February 2, 2015

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The Political Economy of the Latvian State Since 1991: Some Reflections on the Role of External Anchors

Author: Alf Vanags, BICEPS. This brief discusses the role of external anchors or goals such as WTO accession, NATO and EU accession in Latvia’s development strategy since 1991. On the one hand the external goals ‘depoliticised’ many potentially contentious areas of Latvian life. On the other hand, some developments would not have happened or would […]

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January 26, 2015

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Crisis and Trust

Authors: Maxim Ananyev and Sergei Guriev, CEFIR Our research uses the 2008-2009-crisis experience in Russia to identify the relationship between income and trust. In 2009, Russian GDP fell an 8-percent drop in 2009. The impact of the crisis was very uneven among Russian regions because of their differences in industrial structure inherited from the Soviet […]

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January 19, 2015

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The Role of Belarusian Private Sector

Author: Maryia Akulava, BEROC. The development of a private sector and the expansion of its role in the economy is one of the key goals repeatedly announced by the Belarusian authorities. The reforms carried out in Belarus in 2006-2014 moved the country from 106th to 57th position in the World Bank Doing Business ranking. The […]

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December 15, 2014

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Green Transition: Adapting Markets and Policies

Authors: Erika Gyllström and Chloé Le Coq, SITE This policy brief summarizes the discussion at the 8th annual SITE Energy Day conference, devoted to market adaptations and policies necessary to address the green transition. Recent energy trends with ever more green energy-mixes will have consequences for the functioning of related markets as well as implications […]

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December 8, 2014

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Growing Inequalities in Workplace Amenities

Authors: Olena Nizalova, University of Kent, IZA, Kyiv School of Economics and Nataliia Shapoval, Kyiv School of Economics. Inequality is considered to be a serious detrimental factor for societies’ development. It has been shown to undermine the health of the population, cause civil unrest, and slow down countries’ economic growth. Nizalova’s (2014) paper shows that […]

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November 24, 2014

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Does Immigration Help Diffuse Knowledge? Evidence from Russian Scientists

Author: Ina Ganguli, SITE. Immigration is a hotly contested policy issue in many countries. Often, the debate centers on whether immigration is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for the receiving country. A growing literature in economics focuses on understanding whether immigrants can be beneficial for a receiving economy by helping spread knowledge and increasing innovative activities. In […]

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