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- 04 March 2015

SWEDISH INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY (SIDA) SUPPORTS THE CREATION OF FOUR NEW POLICY RESEARCH CENTERS AT ISET-PI

In December 2014 ISET-PI has been awarded a 5-year grant by the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) providing the Institute with the opportunity to transform itself into the premier economic policy think-tank in the South Caucasus. To achieve this objective, ISET-PI is currently in the...

Apply for the ISET MA Program in Economics

- 02 March 2015

Apply for the ISET MA Program in Economics

ISET - International School of Economics at TSU is opening the annual application process for its highly prestigious Master’s Degree Program in Economics. ISET’s curriculum mirrors the best programs in the US and Western Europe and is taught in English by international professors. Applications for admission...

How does Economic Crisis Influence Politicians’ Environmental Policy Positions?

- 26 February 2015

How does Economic Crisis Influence Politicians’ Environmental Policy Positions?

On February 25th, ISET hosted Riikka Savolainen, Ph.D. from the Aalto University, Finland. Dr. Savolainen holds a master’s degree from the Helsinki School of Economics. Her research interests include applied microeconometrics and political economy and, more specifically, intra-party heterogeneity and candidate strategies. Her general interests...

Trade Costs and the Two Globalizations: 1827-2012

- 25 February 2015

Trade Costs and the Two Globalizations: 1827-2012

On Friday, February 20th, Jules Hugot from Sciences Po (Paris) gave a presentation of his job market paper "Trade Costs and the Two Globalizations: 1827-2012". There are two main periods of modern era in trade literature: the First Globalization of the 19th century and the...

Endogenous Trade Policy in the Presence of Lobbying and Heterogeneously Ignorant Voters

- 24 February 2015

Endogenous Trade Policy in the Presence of Lobbying and Heterogeneously Ignorant Voters

On February 19th, ISET hosted Lasha Chochua from the University of Bielefeld. Mr. Chochua presented the preliminary version of his paper "Endogenous Trade Policy in the Presence of Lobbying and Heterogeneously Ignorant Voters" coauthored with George Papava from the University of Chicago. This was a...

EBRD presents its annual transition report at ISET

- 23 February 2015

EBRD presents its annual transition report at ISET

On February 18, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) lead economist for Central Asia and Georgia, Agris Preimanis, delivered two presentations at ISET titled: 1) “Oil-driven Russia downturn adds to weakness in EBRD economies” and 2) “Innovation in Transition”. In both presentations, Mr....

Political Budget cycles and Civil Service in American State Governments

- 18 February 2015

Political Budget cycles and Civil Service in American State Governments

On February 16th, ISET hosted David Bostashvili PhD. from the University of Houston. Dr. Bostashvili presented his job market paper: “Political Budget cycles and Civil Service in American State Governments”. The motivation for this paper was an observation that all levels of government tend to...

Panel Discussion on Foreign Land Ownership Regulation

- 17 February 2015

Panel Discussion on Foreign Land Ownership Regulation

On Friday, February 13, 2015 a debate on a new law on agricultural land ownership was held at Expo Georgia. The debate was organized by USAID’s G4G project and ISET. The debate’s panel comprised government officials, experts, foreign investors and businesses, and the event was...

Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck

- 17 February 2015

Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck

On Friday, February 13th, ISET hosted Dr. Jan Fidrmuc from Brunel University, who presented a paper he co-authored with Juan De Dios Tena titled “Friday the 13th: The Empirics of Bad Luck”. The speaker began his presentation by providing examples of superstitious beliefs in different countries...

Export Quality Upgrading under Credit Constraints

- 13 February 2015

Export Quality Upgrading under Credit Constraints

On February 12th, ISET hosted Dr. Andrea Ciani from Bocconi University, who presented his job market paper "Export Quality Upgrading under Credit Constraints". The speaker began his presentation with a simple example that he used to explain his research paper. The Italian furniture company Kartell is...

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