Public misperceptions of inequality; Sanctions hit the best companies; How high is mortality in Russia?; How the type of university affects graduates' salaries; What national pride means; Muslims sharing a Protestant ethic; Economic inactivity among Russians; Russian travellers reluctant to book hotels online; The right to be forgotten; and Analysts can be wrong – these were the HSE's most interesting research papers in 2015, according to Opec.ru.
December 30, 2015
In Russia, the demand for migrant workers is highest in economically
developed and resource-extracting regions, in areas with low population
density, and in construction and industrial companies. Employers prefer to hire
low-skilled migrants with no education beyond secondary school and limited work
experience of less than a year, since these workers are much cheaper than
locals. These are some of the findings from a study by Elena Vakulenko, Assiant
Professor at the Department of Applied Economics, HSE Faculty of Economic
Sciences, and HSE student Roman Leukhin.
October 29, 2015
Over the past three years, the business climate in Russia has improved
for companies with a long planning horizon and for those receiving government
support. State-owned companies, however, have been worse off after losing their
privileges and facing a level playing field, according to Andrei Yakovlev,
director of the HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies, Irina Levina,
research fellow at the same Institute, and Anastasia Kazun, postgraduate
student at the HSE Faculty of Social Sciences.
September 21, 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
Creating totally new and exclusive products, business models and technology solutions is not always necessary in today's innovative economy; it is often sufficient to use the knowledge and inventions already available worldwide, according to professor Mikhail Shushkin and associate professor Sergey Alexandrovskiy, researchers at the Department of Marketing, Faculty of Management, HSE Branch in Nizhny Novgorod.
September 15, 2015
Encouraging entrepreneurship, providing social support services and
helping people find jobs are all part of a new ‘social contract’ programme
introduced across Russia to assist poor families in becoming financially
self-sufficient. Using formal contracts to encourage low-income people to
engage in economic activity is proving to be more effective than welfare
handouts, according to researchers of the HSE Centre for Studies of Income and
September 08, 2015
The current crisis in Russia is different from all others in its
heightened uncertainty and unpredictable consequences, and recent events are
comparable to the transformative crisis that occurred in Russia in the 1990s, the
Director of the Centre of Development Institute, Natalia Akindinova, and HSE
Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin said in their paper ‘A New Stage of Economic
Development in Post-Soviet Russia.’ The researchers propose four possible
scenarios for how the Russian economy might change, the most probable of which,
they posit, is a so-called ‘mobilisation scenario.’
June 09, 2015
companies engage in social responsibility in order to to improve their reputation,
be more competitive, and to gain political benefits and some degree of control
over society. In Russia, however, businesses convert social investment into
informal privileges granted to them by government, according to a paper by Olga
Kuzina, Professor of the HSE Department of Economic Sociology, and Marina
Chernysheva, postgraduate student at the same department.
May 26, 2015
Russian corporate raiders prefer to operate in regions with developed trade and industrial sectors, but where there are fewer lawyers and non-profit organizations, said Anton Kazun, junior research fellow at the HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development, in his paper ‘Corporate raid in Russian regions: indicators and factors’.
May 19, 2015
Even a business climate that is not very favourable is not an obstacle for investors if the country is developing fast in general. Business leaders who invest in countries with underdeveloped institutions choose politically stable regions with high demand, qualified workforce and developed infrastructure, said Ksenia Gonchar, leading research fellow at the HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (IIMS), in a paper.
May 14, 2015
Economic inequality between the Russian regions will manifest itself clearly in the context of the current crisis. While the 2009 crisis passed almost painlessly for regional budgets, the situation today is quite different. The regions will be forced to look for anti-crisis strategies in the context of continuously decreasing oil revenues, said Natalia Zubarevich, Leading Research Fellow at the HSE Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards, in her presentation on ‘Crises in Russia: Regional Perspective’ as part of the XVI HSE April International Academic Conference.
April 20, 2015
The number of bankruptcies in the real economy is growing rapidly. Companies at risk include car manufacturers, agriculture, and metallurgy. Companies are being forced to leave markets due to decreasing demand and unbearable borrowing costs, said Anastasia Mogilat at the XVI HSE April International Academic Conference.
April 13, 2015