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4th ICSID Conference 2015 “Institutions, Elites and Collective Action in the Developing World”

4th Annual Conference of the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development (ICSID) “Institutions, Elites and Collective Action in the Developing World” will be held at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow on June 30- July 1, 2015. The conference will be preceded by EACES-HSE Workshop “Political Economy of Development: New Challenges and Perspectives” on June 29.

The major goal of these events is to bring together Russian and foreign scientists in the fields of political economy, and economic and institutional development and stimulate the exchange of research results, ideas and knowledge. We will focus on the incentives for bureaucrats, collective action problems in Russian society, federal and regional elite networks in Russia and China, social capital outcomes and prerequisites as well as changes in the system of values and norms in Russia and other developing countries.

The 2015 conference will be the 4th annual event of its kind organized by the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development. In May 2012, we focused on Douglass North et al.’s (2009) concept of “limited access orders”, and discussed whether it was helpful for empirical analyses in developing countries (http://www.hse.ru/en/institutions/symposium_en). In June 2013, we gathered Russian and foreign experts in political economy to discuss new data and methods available to researchers of institutions and economic development (http://www.hse.ru/en/institutions/conference_2013_en). In May 2014, we continued our discussion of institutions and regional economic development, with a primary focus on the cases of Russia and China (http://www.hse.ru/en/institutions/III). In 2015, we are planning to broaden the basis for comparative analysis and cover the aspects of institutions development and political economy in the developing world.


Main topics of the conference:

  • Elites and elite networks in Russia
  • Incentives for bureaucracy in Russia and China
  • Trust and Cultural Norms in Russia
  • Collective action in Russia
  • Social policy in Russia

ICSID senior associates and partners taking part in the workshop and the conference:

  • Timothy Frye (Columbia University)
  • Andrei Yakovlev (Higher School of Economics)
  • Thomas Remington (Emory University)
  • Alexander Libman (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management)
  • John Reuter (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
  • Michael Rochlitz (Higher School of Economics)

Furthermore, we invited leading experts in economics and political science to participate in the events:

  • Timur Kuran (Professor of Economics and Political Science & Gorter Family Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University)
  • Edmund Malesky (Associate Professor of Political Economy at Duke University)
  • Arturas Rozenas  (Assistant Professor of Politics at New York University)

The preliminary list of papers to be presented at the conference:
  • Timur Kuran“The Financial Power of the Powerless: Socio-Economic Status and Interest Rates under Partial Rule of Law”
  • Edmund Malesky “Do Governance Rankings Improve Subnational Economic Performance? Evidence from Randomized Field Experiment in Vietnam”
  • Arturas Rozenas “Persuasion and dissuasion with biased media: Evidence from Russian television in Ukraine”
  • David Szakonyi “Firm-Level Returns from Connections to Elected Politicians: Evidence from Russia”
  • Michael Rochlitz “Authoritarian Regimes, Bureaucratic Incentives and Economic Growth”
  • Noah Buckley, John Reuter "Performance Incentives under Autocracy: Evidence from Russia's Regions" 
  • John Reuter, Noah Buckley “Why Authoritarian Elections? An Elite-Based Theory with Evidence from Russian Mayoral Elections”
  • Thomas Remington, Israel Marques, Vladimir Bazavliuk   “The Reform of Skill Formation in Russia: Regional Responses”
  • Israel Marques “Institutional Quality and Individual Preferences for Social Policy”
  • Ekaterina Borisova, Irina Levina, Andrei Govorun, Denis Ivanov “Who to Help? Trust and Preferences over Redistribution in Russia”
  • Andrei Yakovlev, Irina Levina,  Anastasiya Kazun “Measurement of business climate in Russia: who did perceive the changes and how these changes are related to Mr. Putin?”
  • Irina Levina “Behavioral Centralization of the Firm: Evidence from 7 European Countries and Russia ”
  • Denis Ivanov “Do Institutions Cause Social Trust? Evidence from An Institutional Reform”
  • Andrei Yakovlev, Anton Kazun “The Quality of Law Enforcement System in Russian Regions: an Assessment of Attorneys”
  • Egor Lazarev "Laws in Conflict: The Politics of Legal Pluralism in Chechnya"

The preliminary list of papers to be presented at the workshop:
  • Timothy Frye (Keynote Speaker)"Trust in Government: A Natural Experiment from Russia" 
  • Elodie Douarin “Migration and Political Participation: Selection or Transmission?”
  • Irina Chetverikova “The effects of policy change on the enforcement of criminal law related to economic crimes in Russia”
  • Joanna Tyrowicz, Lucas van der Velde “Can We Really Explain Worker Flows in Transition Economies?”
  • Margaret Hanson “Land rights and local governance under post-communism”
  • Miklos Szanyi “The reversal of the privatization logic in Central European transition economies”
  • Olga Vasilyeva “Does Social Diversity Matter for Productivity? Evidence from the Russian Far East”
  • Qian Jiwei “Crowding out among China's expanding social programs and “fragmented authoritarianism”
  • Quintin H. Beazer “Who's to Blame?: Punishing Poor Economic Performance in a Centralized Political System”
  • Sarah Wilson Sokhey “Public Knowledge of Pension Reform in Russia”
  • Theocharis Grigoriadis “Finance and Revolution in Late Imperial Russia”
  • Inga A.-L. Saikkonen (Åbo Akademi University), Allison C. White (Earlham College) “More Than a Name?: Variation in Voter Mobilization of Titular and Non-Titular Ethnic Minorities in Russian National Elections”
  • Franziska Barbara Keller  “Networks of Power: Using Social Network Analysis to understand who will rule and who is really in charge in the Chinese Communist Party”

The detailed conference program can be found here:  2015 conference program.pdf

Conference and workshop working language is English.

The events will take place at the central HSE campus at Myasnitskaya Str., 20, Moscow:  on June 29 - in room 124, on June 30- July 1- in room 311.

We kindly ask you to register for the event via the following link till June 25, 2015

Should you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact Olga Masyutina (omasyutina (at) hse.ru).


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