In Central Asia, subjective wellbeing and life satisfaction tend to be higher than objective wellbeing, and people in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan appear to be more content than Russians about their material circumstances and life in general. According to Tatiana Karabchuk, Deputy Head of the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR), and Daria Salnikova, Research Assistant of the same laboratory, relatively low levels of economic inequality in Central Asian countries may be one of the reasons for this paradox.
March 10, 2016
In many countries, including but not limited to Russia, frontier regions, populated more recently than the country's core territory, tend to lag behind in terms of socio-economic development. This phenomenon can be explained by legacies such as state formation in remote regions and the autonomy traditionally enjoyed by new settlers, according to Roberto Foa (Harvard University) and Anna Nemirovskaya, Senior Research Fellow of the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR).
March 04, 2016
Factors which determine consumer preferences for certain brands are not limited just to income, age and social status; other important considerations are the brand's ‘personality’ and whether it fits with that of the consumer, according to Natalia Antonova, Associate Professor of the Department of Organizational Psychology and Head of the Psychology of Consumer Behavior Research and Study Group, and Veronika Morozova, member of the Group.
February 15, 2016
While being single or married does not usually make much difference in terms of life satisfaction for younger people, single individuals tend to feel less happy as they age, particularly at certain moments of their lives, and most single people experience a peak of unhappiness once they retire, according to Anna Shirokanova, Senior Research Fellow of the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research in St. Petersburg.
February 11, 2016
The likelihood of being denied a visa depends on the quality of
institutions in the applicant's country – such as public administration,
corruption response, rule of law, and prevalent norms and values. The same
factors play a role in whether residents of a particular country are likely to
be granted visa-free entry, according to the study 'Institutions and Visa
Regimes' by HSE researchers Kamila Gracheva, Leonid Polischuk, Alexander
Yarkin, and Kong Schoors from the University of Ghent, Belgium.
November 09, 2015
In the near future, the number of migrants from Central Asia coming to work in Russia will increase – particularly from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, countries where remittances from their citizens working in Russia stand at almost half of their respective GDPs, according to a joint study by the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the HSE Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR), and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS).
October 21, 2015
Companies with decentralized management systems are,
on average, more effective than firms where the CEO tries to control
everything. The risk of centralization is higher if the company is managed by
families. These were the main findings of the recent research by Irina Levina,
research fellow at the HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies.
October 12, 2015
The lower a person's resilience, the greater their
alienation from themself, other people, and society. In turn, self-alienation
and a lack of personal relationships can cause one to approve of military
action as a solution to international conflicts, according to Olga Gulevich,
Associate Professor of the HSE School of Psychology, and Andrey Nevruyev, postgraduate
student of the same department.
October 01, 2015
More than twenty years after the collapse of the socialist bloc,
virtually none of the post-communist countries have attained the level of
socioeconomic development characteristic of advanced democracies. Likewise,
none of the post-communist countries have emerged as successful autocracies
with high-quality public institutions, such as those found in Singapore or
Oman. Professor Andrei Melville, Dean of the HSE Faculty of Social Sciences,
and Mikhail Mironyuk, Associate Professor of the HSE School of Political
Science, examine possible reasons why it is so.
September 23, 2015
The processes of globalization should have
contributed to reduced inequality in the world. In reality, however, the
situation looks differently, with income inequality in the populations of developing
economies growing. To correct this, the level of education of low-skilled
workers must be increased, said Eric Maskin, Chief Research Fellow at the HSE
International Laboratory of Decision Choice and Analysis and Nobel Laureate in
Economics for 2007.
September 16, 2015
boundaries are diminishing fast and do not influence people’s lives as much as
before. Nevertheless, age remains an important factor in social interaction.
Age self-identification for women is closely related to their appearances,
which is why beauty remains one of the main self-investment projects for women.
These are the conclusions drawn by researchers from the HSE Centre for Youth
Studies (CYS) in St. Petersburg as part of a project* entitled ‘Age under
Construction: Age Construction by Girls and Young Women’.
July 24, 2015
Over the next 20 years, death rates among working age Russian men are
expected to drop by a third due to a change in alcohol consumption
preferences – namely, the decreasing popularity of vodka, according to Yevgeny
Yakovlev, Assistant Professor at the HSE Department of Applied Economics, and
Lorenz Kueng, Assistant Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of
Management at Northwestern University.
July 16, 2015