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E&BSS: Corruption and management practices. Firm-level evidence - Daphne Athanasouli (UCL SSEES)

We argue that corruption can decrease aggregate productivity by deteriorating firm management practices.  More...

Starts: Mar 18, 2014 5:00:00 PM

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E&BSS: The urban-rural divide in educational outcome: Evidence from Russia - Chiara Amini (London Metropolitan University, UK)

This paper analyses the differences in educational achievement between urban and rural Russian secondary school students using data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) surveys. More...

Starts: Feb 11, 2014 5:30:00 PM

Economics and Business Seminar Series (E&BSS)

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The E&BSS at UCL SSEES (formerly Centre for Comparative Economcis) provides a forum for external and internal speakers to present their new work in Economics and Business. The seminars and the work of the E&B group are linked to our E&B Working Papers Series.

Day/Time: Tuesdays, 17.00 - 18.30

Venue: Room 347, UCL SSEES Building, 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW

Convener: Dr Svetlana Makarova
Administrator: Farha Ahmad

2013-14 Spring Term Programme

14 January
Jan Fidrmuc, Brunel University, UK

Foreign Languages and Trade

21 January
Michele Alacevich, Columbia University, USA

Planning peace. Development policies in postwar Europe and the birth of development economics

28 January
Max Watson, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

Financial integration in Europe: Has the model failed for the 'periphery economies’?

04 February
Ralph De Haas, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK

Bank Lending and Firm Innovation: Evidence from Russia

11 February

(5.30 PM START)

Chiara Amini, London Metropolitan University, UK

The urban-rural divide in educational outcome: Evidence from Russia

25 February
Igor Yegorov, Institute for Economics and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

European perspectives of Ukraine: the end of multi-vector policy?

04 March
Daniela Gabor, Bristol Business School, UK

Foreign-owned banks and dependent financialization in Eastern Europe

11 March
Tomasz Mickiewicz, Aston University; ESRC Enterprise Research Centre, UK

A Neo-Institutional Framework To Analyse Tax Evasion by Owners-Managers in the Transition Business Environment

18 March
Daphne Athanasouli, UCL SSEES

Corruption and management practices: Firm-level evidence

25 March
Silvia Dal Bianco, London Metropolitan University 

The Joint Impact of Labour Market Policies and  Crises on Total and Youth Unemployment in Europe

Past Events

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Spring Term 2013

Transition Economics Meets New Structural Economics - A Workshop

26 June 2013

Ownership and Enterprise Performance in the Russian Oil Industry, 1992-2011

Nat Moser (UCL SSEES)
The paper considers the relationship between ownership and oil production in Russia between 1992 and 2011. It compares four different types of owners of companies: outsider private; insider private; federal state; and regional state. The results are considered within the context of broader debates about the impact of privatization on enterprise performance, and on the merits of private vs. state ownership.

Nat Moser is a Research Fellow in Russian & CIS Energy at UCL SSEES. He has 20 years experience analysing developments in the FSU energy sector from both an academic and investment perspective. He has served on the board of directors of both Russian and Ukrainian oil & gas companies.

19 March 2013

Financial Integration in Europe: Has the Model Failed for the 'Periphery Economies'?

Max Watson (Wolfson College, University of Oxford)
The integration of financial markets in Europe was seen as boosting economic catch-up in the periphery of the euro area and the EU, as well as in neigbouring economies. But the results have been mixed, and financial integration in Europe has now gone into reverse. What are the lessons for the EU and for emerging market economies in Europe?

12 March 2013 (This event was cancelled - to be rescheduled)

Soviet Power Plus Electrification: What is the Long Run Legacy of Communism?

Mark Schaffer (Heriot-Watt University, UK)
Two decades after the end of central planning, we investigate the extent to which the advantages bequeathed by planning in terms of high investment in physical infrastructure and human capital compensated for the costs in allocative inefficiency and weak incentives for innovation.

Mark Schaffer is Professor of Economics at the Heriot-Watt University, Director for Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation (CERT), Head of Department of Economics, School of Management and Languages, Research Fellow at CEPR, the William Davidson Institute, and IZA Institute for the Study of Labour. He extensively publish in academic journals in the area of economics of transition in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and China; applied econometrics.

5 March 2013

The Energy Policy of Ukraine and Relations with Russia

Igor Yegorov (G.M. Dobrov Center for Scientific and Technological Potential and Science History Studies, National Academy of Science of Ukraine)

The presentation will be focused on changes in Ukrainian energy policy in recent period. These changes include development of own energy resources, including shale gas deposits and substitute of Russian gas by local coal. At the same time, Ukraine has ambitious plans of diversification of sources of energy supplies. The problem is how realistic there plans are.

Igor Yegorov is Head of Department for Systemic Studies of Science and Technology Potential, at the G.M. Dobrov Center for Scientific and Technological Potential and Science History Studies is the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. Has is working on policy issues in the post-Soviet countries and in Ukraine. He is the author of numerous publications, including articles in Science and Public Policy, Europe-Asia Studies and other leading journals on problems of science policy.

19 February 2013

The Impact of Armed Conflict on Firms' Performance and Perceptions

Helena Schweiger (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK)

This study is the first to explore the short-run impact of armed conflict on firms' performance and their perceptions of the business environment. It is focused on the August 2008 conflict between Georgia and Russia and uses the Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey data before and after this armed conflict. The results suggest that young firms experienced a scarring effect, which could lead them to close down prematurely. Longer-term impacts of the conflict on firms' performance and local economic development can therefore not be ruled out.

Helena Schweiger is a Principal economist at the EBRD. Her main research interests include applying empirical analysis to understand the causes of differences in productivity and growth. Her publications include papers in Economics of Transition, chapters in books, EBRD WP.

29 January 2013

Return Migration: The Experience of Eastern Europe

Dragos Radu (UCL SSEES)

This paper uses census and survey data to identify the wage earning ability and the selection of recent Romanian migrants and returnees. Evidence that the selection and sorting of migrants by skills is driven by different returns in countries of destination are found. It is also found that the return premium increases with migrants' skills and this drives the positive selection of returnees relative to nonmigrants. A rational-agent model of education, migration and return is simulated. Results suggest that for a source country like Romania relatively high rates of temporary migration might have positive long-run effects on average skills and wages.

Dragos Radu is Teaching Fellow in Economics at UCL SSEES. He extensively publishes in international journals on issues of migration and human capital.

8 January 2013

Autumn Term 2012

Fiscal Sustainability, Volatility and Oil Wealth

Sweder van Wijnbergen, University of Amsterdam and Tinbergen Institute, the Netherlands

11 December 2012 (This event was cancelled)

EBRD - UCL SSEES Transition Report Launch

Principal Presenter: Peter Sanfey, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Chair: Dr Frances Lynch, University of Westminster
Discussants: Professor Beata Javorcik, University of Oxford; Dr Zsolt Darvas, Brussels European and Global Economic Laboratory; Mr Laza Kekic, Economist Intelligence Unit

Following the recent launch of the EBRD's 2012 Transition Report, Integration Across Borders, this UCL SSEES Economics and Business Seminar Series special event has been convened to highlight and discuss the key findings. This is a free, public event, supported by CEELBAS. All welcome.

27 November 2012

Entrepreneurial Propensity of Innovation Systems in Europe: Theory, Methodology and Evidence

Slavo Radošević and Esin Yoruk Mikhailov (UCL SSEES)

This presentation is pioneering attempt to explore theoretically and empirically entrepreneurship as a systemic phenomenon. Usually, entrepreneurship is perceived only as property of individuals. We argue that entrepreneurship is also property of systems. Hence, we develop conceptually and empirically the notion of the entrepreneurial propensity of innovation system by integrating knowledge intensive entrepreneurship (KIE) and innovation system (IS) concepts. We use a composite index methodology to measure knowledge intensive entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial opportunities at the national level in the European Union. We assess the influence of the system's activities on the KIE. The results show that there is a high correlation between KIE and entrepreneurial opportunities (EO) reflecting the systemic feature of this relationship. We provide evidence that institutions affect entrepreneurial experimentation not only directly but more via technology and markets.

13 November 2012

Comparing China's GDP Statistics with Coincident Indicators

Jenni Pääkkönen (Government Institute for Economics Research, VATT, and Bank of Finland)

The dynamics of GDP growth for China against alternative indicators is discussed. Suggested episodes of statistical inconsistencies are tested by factor analysis. The importance of factors is studied, advancing the understanding of growth in China. The indicator data match the GDP dynamics well and discrepancies are very short.

The seminar will be of particular relevance for PhD and research students who are interested in the Chinese economy. Additionally, advantaged and disadvantaged of macroeconomics indicators that are used as empirical evidences for economic growth will be discussed.

Jenni Pääkkönen is a Senior Researcher at VATT. She publishes extensively in academic journals and her recent publications include papers in Journal of Comparative Economics, Economic Systems, Journal of Chinese Economic and Business Studies and others.

30 October 2012

"Can state language policies distort students' demand for education?"

Oleksandr Talavera (University of Sheffield Management School)

The seminar will be of particular relevance for PhD and research students who are interested in human capital and national minority rights issues in Eastern Europe.

Oleksandr Talavera is a Reader at the University of Sheffield where he has just moved from Durham. He publishes extensively in academic journals and his recent publications include papers in Oxford Economic Papers, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of International Money and Finance, Small Business Economics and others.

16 October 2012