The International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) led by Andrei Yakovlev and Timothy M. Frye brings together Russian and foreign experts in economics and political science. Researchers at the Center come from the Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (IIMS) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics and the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) as well as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Emory University, Middlebury College and UCLA. The Center, which was established in 2011 thanks to a generous grant from Russian government cooperates closely with other HSE institutes and departments, including the Department of Economics, and the Laboratory for the Institutional Analysis of Economic Reforms.
Scholars at ICSID are currently implementing the research project “Factors of career trajectories of bureaucratic elites, informal institutions, and provision of public goods” which is the Center’s major project for 2014-2016. The main objectives of the project are to study the incentives for strengthening regional governance, improving the quality of formal and informal institutions, and developing research on public goods provision and property rights protection. We concentrate mostly on Russia, but compare it with other countries and have started to expand our research to China.
The main research directions for the period 2014-2016 are:
- Collective action
- Incentives for bureaucracy in Russia and China
- Social capital, trust, and cultural norms
- Social Policy and Vocational Education
In the last number RUSSIAN ANALYTICAL DIGEST was published article «What Are the Russian Elites Going to Build?» (author A. Yakovlev). This paper reflects the results of a research project funded within the framework of the Basic Research Program at the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE).
Israel Marques and Thomas Remington took part in the International Summer School on Educational Finance that was held on July 3-10 in Beijing. The event was organized by the China Institute for Educational Finance Research, Peking University (CIEFR) and HSE Institute of Education.
Higher School of Economics in Moscow hosted a 5th annual conference of the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) «Political Economy of Inequality» on June 20-22, 2016.
On June 23, 2016, members of the ICSID team Thomas Remington, Israel Marques and Vladimir Bazavliuk visited the automobile plant of Volkswagen Group Rus and its vocational education facilities in the town of Kaluga.
The prestigious National Award in Applied Economics 2016 has been granted to Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Professor at the Paris School of Economics, and Evgeny Yakovlev, Professor and Director of the New Economic School Data Centre, for their paper ‘The Unequal Enforcement Of Liberalization: Evidence From Russia's Reform Of Business Regulation’. The National Award ceremony took place on April 20, 2016 as part of the XVII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development.
The prestigious National Award has been granted to Ekaterina Zhuravskaya, Professor at the Paris School of Economics, and Evgeny Yakovlev, Professor and Director of the New Economic School Data Centre, for their paper ‘The Unequal Enforcement Of Liberalization: Evidence From Russia's Reform Of Business Regulation’*. The National Award in Applied Economics is given once every two years for outstanding published papers that analyse the Russian economy at the country, industry, regional, or company level.
On January 26, Israel Marques, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the HSE International Centre for the Study of Institutions and Development, delivered a lecture at HSE St. Petersburg entitled ‘Institutional Qualities and Individual Preferences in Social Policy’. Following the lecture, he agreed to speak with the HSE news service about his research interests, his time at HSE and his experience living and working in Russia.
Papers by several IIMS research fellows were included in the list of top 15 research projects of HSE in 2015, according to Opec.ru.