About the Center
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, the George Washington University, and New York University Abu Dhabi. The Center, which was established in 2011 thanks to a generous grant from the Russian government cooperates closely with other HSE institutes and departments, including the Faculty of Economic Sciences, and HSE international research laboratories.
Scholars at ICSID are currently implementing a research project “Political Economy of Development: Mechanisms of Path-Dependence and Change” which is the Center’s major project for 2017-2019. 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, such as China.
The main research directions for the period of 2017-2019 are:
- Collective action
- Incentives for bureaucracy in Russia and China
- Social capital, trust, and cultural norms
- Social Policy and Vocational Education
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