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5th International ICSID Conference «Political Economy of Inequality»

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. 

A number of Russian and foreign researchers from the fields of political economy, sociology and economics presented their most recent work and received valuable feedback from other participants. The conference was preceded by the EACES-HSE Workshop on June 20, 2016 that has already become an integral part of the conference. A paper «Political Legacies» by Yotam Margalit, Professor of Political Economy at Tel Aviv University, opened the series of sessions on Institutions and Incentives of Individuals; Politicians and Incentives; Informal Institutions and Cultural Norms of Behavior: Roots and Consequences. Among the speakers were:

  • Olga Vasilyeva (Amur State University and the Economic Research Institute FEB RAS)
  • Quintin H. Beazer (Florida State University)
  • Nataliia Ostapenko (University of Tartu)
  • Janis Kluge (University of Witten/Herdecke)
  • Elizabeth Plantan (Cornell University)
  • Lazarev Egor (Columbia University)         
  • Anna Kochanova (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods)
  • Nikita Zakharov (Freiburg University)     

The conference itself covered a wide range of topics including institutional environment in authoritarian regimes, economic development and political elites, social capital and trust in government, social policy in developing and transition economies. The conference included presentations by Ben Ansell and Bryn Rosenfeld (Oxford University) and ICSID team members - Timothy Frye, Thomas Remington, Andrei Yakovlev, Israel Marques, Ekaterina Borisova, Alexander Libman, Ora John Reuter, Michael Rochlitz, Denis Ivanov, Noah Buckley, David Szakonyi, and Anton Kazun.

The conference was concluded with an ICSID strategic workshop that highlighted major research and organizational results of the project in 2014-2016 and outlined prospective research lines and main tasks in the next three-year cycle.