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Economics
Public sector employees are better off in the regions with fewer users of public services, substantial federal subsidies, and high unemployment. In such regions, a public sector job can bring in just 20% less pay than a private sector job, according to Anna Sharunina, Junior Research Fellow of the HSE's Centre for Labour Market Studies. Her findings are based on a multi-sectoral analysis of wage differences across different Russian regions
May 20, 2014
Social responsibility amongst business in Russia is gradually transforming from a corporate voluntary decision to standard conduct in the market. Society, state and business associations all expect notable social work from companies. Not taking part in sociallly responsible tasks often affects a company’s reputation, which can result in the loss of influence in the region. And on the contrary, becoming involved in social activities can make companies feel more confident, according to Irina Krasnopolskaya, Research Fellow of Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Non-Profit Sector
May 06, 2014
Russians are failing to cope with debt; small town economies are lagging behind; the Russian market is not favourable for a defined-contribution pension system, and Russian statistics are unsuitable for analysis – these were the top 15 most interesting papers from the HSE's XV April Conference, according to Opec.ru
April 04, 2014
Not everyone in Russia is willing to stand up for their labour rights when those rights are violated. In many cases, employees allow their grievances to build up in silence, while company owners feel free to ignore labour legislation. Such situations can lead to spontaneous protests, finds Professor Irina Kozina of the HSE Faculty of Sociology in her study of labour disputes in Russia
March 14, 2014
Russian light industry is slowly dying, and the only way for it to survive is to become integrated into the global supply chain. Support measures, other than keeping businesses afloat for a while, are not likely to make a difference, states the report 'Is it Possible to Save Russia's Light Industry?', presented by Vadim Radaev, the HSE's First Vice Rector and Head of the Laboratory for Economic and Social Research
February 06, 2014
The informal nature of employment does not affect an employee's social status, because the differences between formal and informal employment are insignificant in Russia, says Anna Zudina, Junior Researcher at the HSE's Centre for Labour Market Studies
February 03, 2014
The parts of Russia which migrant workers from the CIS find most attractive are changing. The ‘map’ of migration flows depends on which way the investments are going. But at the same time, the general picture is unchanged: we don’t yet have an efficient system for gathering the foreign labour force we need. In an article in the HSE journal ‘Demoscope Weekly’, Olga Chudinovskikh, Mikhail Denisenko and Nikita Mkrtchyan explained their research findings
January 23, 2014
How to reform the labour market is one of the most discussed issues in Russian society. Germany introduced major labour market reforms in the 2000s and is one of the few countries that has achieved significant results in doing so. The German experience is worth looking at, even though it may not be directly applicable to other countries. Here are some findings made by researcher Nina Vishnevskaya of the HSE Centre for Labour Studies
January 22, 2014
Elite motorists pose a mortal threat to the public; Russians are blowing their chances of building good public institutions; social media can bury politicians; reasons why our society is morally unstable and why expensive medical equipment is available but unused – these were the HSE's 13 most interesting and relevant research projects in 2013, according to Opec.ru.
December 26, 2013
Interference in business by Siloviki is undermining steady economic growth. Things could improve if businesses are prepared to team up with organisations which represent the interests of other social groups. Andrei Yakovlev, Anton Sobolev and Anton Kazun at the HSE International Centre for the study of Institutions and Development have conducted research on the question “Can Russian business reduce political pressure from the state?”
December 11, 2013
Contrary to expectations, a growing number of open auction participants doesn’t decrease the price of the contract. On the contrary, the price is lower when the bidding involves only one player – usually, the market leader. Anna Balsevich presented her paper ‘Interregional Comparison of State Procurement Efficiency in Russia’ at the international seminar ‘Sustainable state procurement: development trends and challenges’
October 31, 2013
Medium-sized businesses in Russia are set to grow thanks to regional expansion and a broadening of the selection of goods and services. Businesses which can set up good customer relations and cut down the number of middle-men in the areas of promotion and sales will come out on top in the fight with competitors. The School of Marketing and Business Development at the HSE has conducted the following research:’ Business Development: Current trends. Business practices of medium-sized companies in Russia in 2013.’
October 29, 2013