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Socio-Economic Policy in Poland: A Year of Major Changes in Benefits, Taxes, and Pensions

Mateusz Najsztub, CenEA
Michał Myck, CenEA

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Operating and Financial Hedging: Evidence from Trade

Olga Kuzmina, New Economic School

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Intimate Partner Violence, Norms and Policies

Maria Perrotta Berlin, SITE

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Higher Competition in the Domestic Market – A Way to Boost Aggregate Productivity

Konstantins Benkovskis, SSE Riga

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Gaming the System: Side Effects of Earnings-Dependent Benefits

Anna Zasova, BICEPS
Vitalijs Jascisens, SITE

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A Resonant Signal: the Russian Parliamentary Elections of December 2011

Days before December 4, prospects of electoral democracy in Russia looked bleak. Consolidation of the authoritarian rule of Vladimir Putin, Russia’s paramount leader since 1999, adoption of non-democratic electoral laws and politically-motivated law enforcement, constant harassment of media, civil society organizations, and election observers, and...
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Five Million Tourists in Georgia by 2015 – a Myth or a Nightmarish Reality?

Anybody traveling on the Georgian countryside will be astonished by the pace of development. Mestia, the capital of Svaneti, resembles one big construction site. The new concrete road from Zugdidi promises to shorten the travel time to 2 hours. A whole network of ski lifts...
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Are Natural Resources Good or Bad for Development?

Natural resources undoubtedly play an important role in the economy of many countries. Whether their contribution to development is positive or negative is, however, a contested and difficult question. Arguably countries like Australia, Botswana and Norway have gained enormously over long periods from their natural...
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Multidimensional Approach to the Energy Security Analysis of Belarus – Part 2: Economic and Geopolitical Trends

Author: Mykhaylo Salnykov, BEROC Energy security is a complex phenomenon incorporating a variety of economic, social and environmental aspects of a country’s life. Building on a previous FREE policy brief, published on September 5, which dealt mainly with the situation up until today, this text...
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Whither Legal Turkey?

Author: Erik Meyersson, SITE. With the ascent to power of the AKP and its political victory against the secular elite and as the country is about to draft its first civilian constitution, the party’s leadership faces a daunting challenge to transform the country into a...
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