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No. 68                 Quarterly Publication of EACES           December 2013






Message from the President






      2.1 Pacific Rim Conference


2.2 ACES Workshop


      2.3 6th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe



      2.4 Second Annual Conference of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies








    EACES-ETUI Seminar






     4.1 Recent Publications of Scholarly Papers of EACES Members



     4.2 Journals’ Recent Publications
























Message from the President




Dear EACES members and friends,


As the eventful 2013 draws to a close we look forward.


Please register for our forthcoming biennial congress, 4-6 of September in Budapest, via sending your 250-words long abstract to abstract@eacesconference.eu. The details on registration fees are on http://www.eacesconference.eu/index.html and fees can be paid after submission, when the payment system is ready. The reason for a slight delay with payments is that we are moving to a system, where EACES biennial conferences will be hosted on the EACES own web side, which is better for the future and in line with what is the standard practice of the other leading associations.


This is the event when we all meet once two years. Please join us.


Please also support EACES by encouraging your PhD graduates to submit their theses for competition. The deadline is end of January. Please see

 http://www.eaces.eu/pub/Award_Call_EACES_2014.pdf  for detail.


There is also a host of other fantastic events, in Germany, Italy, Russia and elsewhere. Please support us and come. Details are given on our main web side.


Meanwhile, I finally read Acemoglu and Robinson “Why Nations Fail”, a book that many of my colleagues interested in institutional economics recommended to me. It strikes me how well the book’s framework explains various events we observe around. The framework is not new, but the authors offer a very clear narrative. Amongst others, the latest annual EBRD Transition Report draws heavily on that book.

Political and economic institutions intertwine and it is hard to understand economics if we do not understand that. The current examples include events in both Cairo and Kiev.


With best wishes for 2014, which I am sure will bring some bright spots.



Tomasz Mickiewicz

President of EACES  

Prof. of Economics, Aston Business School Aston University


Are innovation systems relevant for innovation and growth?



2.1 Pacific Rim Conference 3:  Financial and Economic Links and Institutions for Prosperity


Call for Papers and Conference Announcement

Pacific Rim Conference 3:  Financial and Economic Links and Institutions for Prosperity

Hawaii USA, May 14-17, 2014

The  Association  for  Comparative  Economic  Studies  (ACES),  the  Japanese  Association  for Comparative Economic Studies (JACES), the Korean Association for Comparative Economic Studies (KACES) and the Society for the Study of Emerging Markets (SSEM) invite the submission of papers for, and participation in, a major international conference, (PacRim 3) dealing with developments in the economic and financial systems of the Pacific Rim economies  as well as  in the global economy. Empirical and theoretical papers related to the theme of the conference as well as papers dealing with institutions, political economy and policy issues are welcome. Participants are invited to submit individual papers for presentation or to propose an entire panel consisting of four papers.

Among the themes to be considered at the conference are:

-   Prospects for growth in the global economy and in the Pacific Rim region

-   Economic transition and system change

-   Sustainable development of the global economy and the Pac Rim economies;

-  Value chains and logistics- PacRim economies’ links to each other and to the global economy.

-   Institutional and regulatory innovations for economic growth and financial stability

-   Emerging economic and political conflicts as threats to prosperity

-   Regional economic cooperation lessons from Asia, Europe and the Americas

-   Evolution of financial systems and their regional and global linkages

-   Emerging markets and rising interest rates – what are the risks?


                                                PUBLICATION OPPORTUNITIES

As with past PacRim conferences, selected papers presented at the conference will be published in symposia or special issues or as regular papers in the journals of the sponsoring organizations. For PacRim 3 these include Journal of Comparative Economics, Comparative Economic Studies, Japanese Journal of Comparative Economics (in Japanese), Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, and Seoul Journal of Economics. Any papers not selected for journal publication will be guaranteed (subject to successful revision) publication in an e-book that will be posted on the SSEM web site. See http://emergingecons.org/download/e-books.php .


                                                          CONFERENCE VENUE

The Conference will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 69-275 Waikoloa Beach Drive, Waikoloa, HI 96738-5711 (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/koamc-waikoloa-beach-marriott-resort-and-spa/). We have secured a special rate of US$150 (plus tax) per night for conference attendees, and this rate applies to 3 days preceding and following the conference, giving attendees the opportunity to take advantage of this resort’s outstanding facilities as well as of the attractions of the “Big Island” of Hawaii.


Paper proposals, consisting of an abstract of not more than 250 words should be submitted to Josef Brada at josef.brada@asu.edu. Proposals will be reviewed by the Conference’s scientific committee on an ongoing basis. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is April 18, 2014 and final papers must be submitted before May 5, 2013 in order to be included in the conference materials. The number of papers that can be accommodated is limited, so please be sure to submit your abstract early.


The registration fee for attendees is US$250, which includes a cocktail reception on May 14 and a conference dinner/luau on May 18, 2014, coffee breaks and conference materials. Registration materials and information on how to reserve rooms at the conference rate will be sent to participants whose papers are accepted.



2.2 ACES Workshop, May 20 – 22, 2014, St. Petersburg (Russia)


Call for Papers


In cooperation with the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES), the International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development at the Higher School of Economics (ICSID) is pleased to invite submissions to the workshop:


Political Economy of Development:

A Comparative Perspective


The workshop is going to be part of the 3rd ICSID conference, held at the St. Petersburg campus of the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in May 2014. Submissions from all fields of economics as well as from related disciplines such as political science, history, anthropology and sociology are invited, as long as they relate to the general field of the comparative political economy of development. Contributions that analyse the role of institutions in economic, political and social development in a comparative perspective are especially welcome. We are honoured to invite Professor Saul Estrin, Head of the Department of Management of the London School of Economics, as distinguished keynote speaker.


A joint long-term project of the Higher School of Economics and Columbia University, the Center for the Study of Institutions and Development has assembled a team of Russian and international researchers to analyse the impact of institutions on political and economic behaviour (http://iims.hse.ru/en/csid). After focusing mainly on Russia during the first 3 years of its existence, the center is now expanding its scope to the comparative analysis of other contexts, with a special focus on China. In this respect, the 3rd ICSID conference in St. Petersburg is going to be a forum to exchange ideas about methodologies, approaches and cutting-edge research among leading academics in the field, bringing together a number of high-profile experts on the Russian and Chinese economies. 


To participate in the workshop, paper abstracts of up to 200 words (or preliminary papers) are to be submitted, together with a short CV, to ayakovlev@hse.ru by January 15th. Authors will be informed about the selection by February 28st, and final versions of the papers should be submitted by April 15th.


The selection committee will consist of the following persons:


·         Andrei Yakovlev       (Higher School of Economics)

·         Timothy Frye             (Columbia University)

·         Saul Estrin                  (London School of Economics)

·         Marcello Signorelli    (University of Perugia)



2.3 6th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe




Organized by the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS Regensburg) In cooperation with: Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing (APB)


European Association for Comparative Economic Studies (EACES)

Location: Akademie für Politische Bildung Tutzing on the Lake Starnberg near

We welcome scholars from economics and related disciplines to submit extended abstracts or full papers. We will give a preference to those focusing on Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Relevant topics include, but are not confined to, the following:

   Comparative perspectives on institutional determinants of poverty, social exclusion and inequality

   The role of labour market and social policies

   Social exclusion, poverty and vulnerability: concepts and measurement

   Uncertainty and the impact of economic and financial crises

   Income mobility, life-cycle dynamics and intergenerational transmission of welfare


Keynote speakers:

   Stephan Klasen (Professor of economics, University of Göttingen)

   Cristiano Perugini (J. Monnet Professor in European Integration Studies, University of Perugia)

   Philippe Van Kerm (Senior economist, CEPS/INSTEAD Luxembourg)


Submissions to summeracademy@ios-regensburg.de should include a short CV containing your contact details (name, affiliation, email address) and an extended abstract (maximum 2000 words) or a full paper.


Submission deadline: 16th March, 2014.

Accepted participants will be notified at the beginning of April, 2014. Submissions of full papers are expected by 18th May, 2014.


The IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academies on Central and Eastern Europe aim to bring together PhD

workshop language is English. The most innovative paper will be honored with the Hans Raupach Award, in memory of the founder of the Osteuropa-Institut.


Сonference fee: 50 (including single-room accommodation for two nights and all meals)


IOS Regensburg is an interdisciplinary area studies centre affiliated with the University of Regensburg. It explores economic and historical developments of Eastern and South-eastern Europe in a global perspective. IOS is an independent, non-profit institution. Apart from research it is engaged in policy advice both within Germany and internationally. IOS was founded in 2012, by merging the East European Institute (Osteuropa-Institut) with the Institute for South East European Studies (Südost-Institut).


Situated on beautiful Lake Starnberg, right between Munich and the mountain range, the APB Tutzing has a reputation for organizing social sciences conferences and workshops.



Further information on the program is available at:




2.4 Second Annual Conference of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies





Call for papers




Labour in East and Southeast Europe: Institutions and Practices Between Formality and Informality



Date and location: June 26-28, 2014; Regensburg (Germany)

Deadline for submission: January 13, 2014


Work is one of the most essential aspects of life – both from the viewpoint of individuals and the society as a whole. It is a social practice where life-courses intersect with power hierarchies, ideologies, institutional regulations, and economic forces. The impact of formal and informal institutions on the functioning of labour markets is well documented and varies considerably across time and space.

East and Southeast Europe is characterized by frequent political and economic transformations that resulted, among other things, in the fragility of institutions and a high degree of informality. These phenomena are also relevant for the build-up of trust and social capital that in turn are among the key factors for the understanding of labour relations and labour market outcomes. Hence, labour is a central realm in which the shifting boundaries between the formal and the informal, between the official and unofficial take effect.

The conference welcomes scholars both from humanities and social sciences. Contributions should concentrate on the time span from the 19th century to the present. Specific topics include, but are not confined to the following:


·         Labour market effects of political transformation

·         Institutions and labour market outcomes

·         Production of trust and distrust

·         Representations of work

·         Practices of non-work and under-employment

·         Informal employment and migration

·         Formality and informality in labour: concepts, definitions and measurement


Keynote speakers: Donald Filtzer (University of East London), Hartmut Lehmann (University of Bologna, IZA Bonn and DIW Berlin)


Submissions to AnnualConference@ios-regensburg.de should include:

·         an abstract (max. 300 words)

·         a CV including your institutional affiliation and contact details either in MS-Word format (*.doc or *.docx) or as a pdf


Conference language: English. The IOS will cover the travel and accommodation costs of presenters. Accepted participants will be notified by the end of January 2014.


Conveners: Ksenia Gatskova, Stefano Petrungaro


Institut für Ost und Südosteuropaforschung, Landshuter Straße 4, D-93047 Regensburg
Telefon: (0941) 943 54 10, Telefax: (0941) 943 54 27, www.ios-regensburg.de






EACES-ETUI Seminar, 7 March 2014


Comparative Perspectives on the European Labour Markets



Room C 1st floor,

International Trade Union House,

Bd du Roi Albert II, 5
1210 Brussels


The seminar will follow the EACES executive meeting in the same location


14.00  Randolph Bruno (UCL), Silvia Dal Bianco (London Metropolitan University), Marcello Signorelli (University of Perugia), The impact of the institutions and crises on the European Labour markets.


14.45 Agnieszka Piasna (ETUI), Measuring job quality and the effects of economic crisis.


15.30 break


16.00 Francesco Bartolucci (University of Perugia), Aleksandra Bashina (Higher School of Economics, Moscow), Giovanni S. F. Bruno (Bocconi University, Milan), Olga Demidova (Higher School of Economics, Moscow) and Marcello Signorelli (University of Perugia), The Determinants of Job Satisfaction in Young Russian Workers.


16.45 Martin Myant (ETUI), Why are some countries more unemployed than others? An agenda for comparative labour market research.


17.30 close



Registration is free. To register please inform Kristel Vergheylen, ETUI, kvergeyl@etui.org





  The ETUI is financially supported by the European Union






4.1 Recent Publications of Scholarly Papers of EACES Members


Wladimir Andreff

Crisis as Unexpected Transition … to a Greed-Based Economic System, in: P. Zarembka, ed., Contradictions: Finance, Greed, Labor Unequally Paid, Research in Political Economy, vol. 28, Emerald 2013, pp. 1-48.

Economic development as major determinant of Olympic medal wins: predicting performances of Russian and Chinese teams at Sochi Games, International Journal of Economic Policy in Emerging Economies, vol. 6, n° 4, 2013, pp. 314-340.

Emerging countries’ multinational companies investing in developed countries: at odds with the HOS paradigm? (avec G. Balcet), European Journal of Comparative Economics, 10 (1), 2013, pp. 3-26.

Is Hosting the Games enough to Win? A Predictive Economic Model of Medal Wins at 2014 Winter Olympics, Papeles de Europa (Universidad Complutense Madrid), n° 25, 2012, pp. 51-75.

The winner’s curse: why is the cost of mega sporting events so often underestimated?, in W. Maennig & A. Zimbalist, eds, International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham 2012, pp. 37-69.

Book in French edited by W. Andreff:

La mondialisation, stade suprême du capitalisme? En hommage à Charles-Albert Michalet, Presses Universitaires de Paris Ouest, Nanterre, 2013, 394 pages.



4.2 Journals’ Recent Publications



European Journal of Comparative Economics


Web page: http://eaces.liuc.it/




copertina fascicolo

EJCE, vol. 10, n. 2, 2013



Financial and real crisis in the Eurozone and vulnerable economies
by Bruno Dallago                                                                                                             195-215


Grant legislation vs. political factors as determinants of soft budget spending behaviors. Comparison between Italian and French regions
by Jean-Michel Josselin; Fabio Padovano; Yvon Rocaboy                                              217-254


Firm entry and aggregate efficiency growth: An optimal dynamic - Program of entry and R&D investment
by Asma Raies                                                                                                                   255-276


Safe havens in Europe: Switzerland and the ten dwarfs
by Martin Paldam


Further evidence on the determinants of regional stock market integration in Latin America
by Khaled Guesmi; Duc Khuong Nguyen; Frédéric Teulon                                               297-313


The new fiscal rules for the EMU. Threats from heterogeneity and interdependence
by Roberto Tamborini                                                                                                        315-336







Web page: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescription.cws_home/621171/description




Economic Systems on ScienceDirect(Opens new window)

Vol. 37 (4), September 2013



Income convergence prospects in Europe: Assessing the role of human capital dynamics

Pages 493-507, by Jesus Crespo Cuaresma, Miroslava Havettová, Martin Lábaj


Institutional quality and environmental pollution: MENA countries versus the rest of the world

Pages 508-521, by Rajeev K. Goel, Risto Herrala, Ummad Mazhar


The effects of foreign exchange and monetary policies in Russia

Pages 522-541, by Shigeki Ono


How I learned to stop worrying and love the crisis

Pages 542-554, by Jan Fidrmuc, Ariane Tichit


Estimating the effects of democratization in African countries: A simultaneous equations approach

Pages 555-571, by Alan Green


Does economic globalization affect the level and volatility of labor demand by skill? New insights from the Tunisian manufacturing industries

Pages 572-597, by Ousama Ben Salha


Central bank transparency and financial market expectations: The case of emerging markets

Pages 598-609, by Matthias Neuenkirch


Institutions and economic development: A Granger causality analysis of panel data evidence

Pages 610-624, by Siong Hook Law, Thong Cheen Lim, Normaz Wana Ismail


Stability or restructuring? Macroeconomic dynamics under soft budget constraint problems

Pages 625-649, by Kenta Toyofuku


The shadow economy beyond European public governance

Pages 650-670, by Claudio Quintano, Paolo Mazzocchi


Post Communist Economies

Web page:  http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cpce20/current


Volume 25, Issue 4, 2013



The sources of economic growth and relative backwardness in the Central Eastern European countries between 1995 and 2007

Pages 425-447, by Ákos Dombi

Between modernisation and stagnation: Russian economic policy and global crisis

Pages 448-464, by Vladimir Mau

Members' choice of production co-operatives in Russian agriculture

Pages 465-491, by Svetlana Golovina, Jerker Nilsson & Axel Wolz

Dynamics of the global competitiveness of Chinese industries

Pages 492-511, by Jianhong Zhang, Haico Ebbers & Arjen van Witteloostuijn

Economic activity, saving, credit and income polarisation in Poland

Pages 512-528, by Marek Kośny

Assessing the sensitivity of consumption expenditure to inflation sentiment in post-communist economies

Pages 529-538, by Petar Sorić

Job satisfaction across Europe: differences between and within regions

Pages 539-556, by Martina Mysíková & Jiří Večerník

Determinants of the financial performance of microfinance institutions in Central Asia

Pages 557-568, by Karel Janda & Batbayar Turbat






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Human Capital, Gender and Organisation in Transition Agriculture: Measuring and Explaining the Technical Efficiency of Bulgarian and Hungarian Farms
Erik Mathijs & Liesbet Vranken

Purchasing Power Parity in Transition Economies: Does It Hold in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovenia?
Jani Bekő & Darja Boršič

Tax Morale in Transition Countries
Benno Torgler



Purchasing Power Parity in transition economies: evidence from the Commonwealth of Independent States
Erdinc Telatar & Mübariz Hasanov

Real beta and sigma convergence in 27 transition countries, 1990–2005
Ryszard Rapacki & Mariusz Próchniak

Are the FDI policies of the Central European countries efficient?
Eric Rugraff


Most-Read Articles


Determinants of economic growth in Central and Eastern Europe: the global crisis perspective
Mariusz Próchniak

Nabucco and the Russian gas strategy vis-à-vis Europe
Rafael Fernandez

Central and Eastern European countries in the global financial crisis: a typical twin crisis?
Diemo Dietrich, Tobias Knedlik & Axel Lindner


The Central and Eastern European model of capitalism
Beáta Farkas

Is it really different? Patterns of regionalisation in post-Soviet Central Asia
Alexander Libman & Evgeny Vinokurov

Wage inequality, labour market flexibility and duality in Eastern and Western Europe
Jens Hölscher, Cristiano Perugini & Fabrizio Pompei



Comparative Economic Studies


Web page: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ces/index.html


Volume 55, Issue 4, 2013




Presidential Address

Living on the Border of a Currency Union

Pages 549-556, by Pekka Sutela

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Regular Articles

Asymmetry in the Unemployment–Output Relationship Over the Business Cycle: Evidence from Transition Economies

Pages 557-581, by Emrah Ismail Cevik, Sel Dibooglu and Salih Barişik


Sectoral Productivity and Regional Disparities in China, 1978–2006

Pages 582-605, by Kiril Tochkov and Wenting Yu


Relating Debt to Inflation among Transition Economies: A Blueprint from Mature Economies?

Pages 606-635, by Trond-Arne Borgersen and Roswitha M King


Firm-Level Determinants of Board System Choice: Evidence from Russia

Pages 636-671, by Ichiro Iwasaki


The Impact of Natural Disasters on Stock Markets: Evidence from Japan and the US

Pages 672-686, by Lin Wang and Ali M Kutan


Inflation and Sectoral Output Growth Variability in Bulgaria

Pages 687-704, by Muhammad Khan


Exchange Rate Pass-Through in CIS Countries

Pages 705-720, by Elisabeth Beckmann and Jarko Fidrmuc


Challenges to China’s Policy: Structural Change

Pages 721-736, by Helmut Wagner





Web page: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-comparative-economics/

Journal of Comparative Economics

         Volume 41, Issue 4, 2013





Legal centralization and the birth of the secular state

Pages 959-978, by Noel D. Johnson, Mark Koyama


Political origins of financial structure

Pages 979-994, by Sambit Bhattacharyya


The impact of political cycle: Evidence from coalmine accidents in China

Pages 995-1011, by Huihua Nie, Minjie Jiang, Xianghong Wang


Can information and counseling help students from poor rural areas go to high school? Evidence from China

Pages 1012-1025, by Prashant Loyalka, Chengfang Liu, Yingquan Song, Hongmei Yi, Xiaoting Huang, Jianguo Wei, Linxiu Zhang, Yaojiang Shi, James Chu, Scott Rozelle


Defining governance matters: A factor analytic assessment of governance institutions

Pages 1026-1053, by David Givens


How foreign direct investment promote institutional quality: Evidence from Vietnam

Pages 1054-1072, by Duc Anh Dang


Are debt repayment incentives undermined by foreign aid?

Pages 1073-1091, by Christian Bjørnskov, Philipp J.H. Schröder


Shift from gross profit taxation to distributed profit taxation: Are there effects on firms?

Pages 1092-1105, by Jaan Masso, Jaanika Meriküll, Priit Vahter


Long-run costs of piecemeal reform: Wage inequality and returns to education in Vietnam

Pages 1106-1122, by Diep Phan, Ian Coxhead


Internal financial constraints and firm productivity in China: Do liquidity and export behavior make a difference?

Pages 1123-1140, by Minjia Chen, Alessandra Guariglia


Monetary and fiscal institutional designs

Pages 1141-1166, by Ourania Dimakou


Household formation rules, fertility and female labour supply: Evidence from post-communist countries

Pages 1167-1183, by Louise Grogan


The wage and non-wage costs of displacement in boom times: Evidence from Russia

Pages 1184-1201, by Hartmut Lehmann, Alexander Muravyev, Tiziano Razzolini, Anzelika Zaiceva


Banking crises, labor reforms, and unemployment

Pages 1202-1219, by Lorenzo E. Bernal-Verdugo, Davide Furceri, Dominique Guillaume


Oil price shocks and stock market activities: Evidence from oil-importing and oil-exporting countries

Pages 1220-1239, by Yudong Wang, Chongfeng Wu, Li Yang


The effects of economic reforms on manufacturing dualism: Evidence from India

Pages 1240-1262

Vinish Kathuria, S.N. Rajesh Raj, Kunal Sen


Montias Prize

Page 1263





Web page: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/ejdr/index.html



Volume 25, Issue 4, 2013


Original Articles


Securing Livelihoods in Africa: Towards Multi-scalar Policy Frameworks

Pages 659-679, by Frederic Lapeyre


Getting the Water Prices Right Using an Incentive-based Approach: An Application of a Choice Experiment in Khorezm, Uzbekistan

Pages 680-694, by Anik Bhaduri and Julia Kloos


Long-Run Price Elasticities and the Marshall–Lerner Condition: Evidence from Egypt–EU Commodity Trade

Pages 695-713, by Mohsen Bahmani-Oskooee and Amr Sadek Hosny


A New Avenue for Understanding the Nutritional Status of Children in Guinea

Pages 714-736, by Dorothée Boccanfuso and Ohiniba Bruce


The Impact of Social Security on Household Welfare: Evidence from a Transition Country

Pages 737-757, by Nguyen Viet Cuong


Targeting Accuracy of the NREG: Evidence from Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu

Pages 758-777, by Raghbendra Jha, Raghav Gaiha, Shylashri Shankar and Manoj K Pandey


Systemic Impact Evaluation: A Methodology for Complex Agricultural Development Projects. The Case of a Contract Farming Project in Guinea

Pages 778-796, by Jocelyne Delarue and Hubert Cochet


The Macro-Costs of Forced Displacement of the Farmers in India: A Micro-Level Study

Pages 797-814, by Abhijit Guha


Electricity Access and the Performance of Micro and Small Enterprises: Evidence from West Africa

Pages 815-829, by Michael Grimm, Renate Hartwig and Jann Lay


Choques macroeconómicos y los precios de los activos. El caso argentino

Pages 830-841, by Luis N Lanteri

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Book Review


Handbook of Land and Water Grabs in Africa: Foreign Direct Investment and Food and Water Security

Pages 842-844, by Niveen El Moghazy


Affirmative Action in Plural Societies: International Experiences

Pages 844-846, by Hwok-Aun Lee


One Thing Leads to Another: Promoting Industrialisation by Making the Most of the Commodity Boom in Sub-Saharan Africa

Pages 847-848, by Rhys Jenkins


                                                      ECONOMIC ANNALS

Web page: http://ea.ekof.bg.ac.rs/

               Volume LVIII, no. 198, 2013 


Knowledge spillovers, innovation activities, and competitiveness of industries in EU member and candidate countries

Pages 7-34, by Iraj Hashi


The mutual impact of organizational culture and structure

Pages 35-60, by Nebojša Janićijević


The estimation of tax-benefit automatic stabilizers in serbia: a combined micro-macro approach

Pages 61-88, by Saša Ranđelović


Is there an alternative to the pay-as-you-go pension system in Serbia?

Pages 89-114, by Nikola Altiparmakov


A comparison of the var model and the pc factor model in forecasting inflation in Montenegro

Pages 115-136, by Milena Lipovina-Božović


Optimization models of the supply of power structures’ organizational units with centralized procurement

Pages 137-164, by  Volodymyr Sysoiev







The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR)

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) was established in the Higher School of Economics, a National Research University, in November 2010 when professors Ronald Inglehart and Eduard Ponarin were awarded a mega-grant from the Russian government.


The focus of our research is on comparative studies of social change – the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal data based on World Values Survey (WVS) data. The WVS study includes about 100 countries all over the world. The participants in this project are numerous research centers and scientists across the globe. The academic supervisor of the LCSR, Ronald F. Inglehart - besides being one of the most renowned sociologists and political scientists in the world - is also the founder and the president of the World Value Survey organization during 1988-2013. Christian Welzel, a LCSR professor, and the current president of the WVS. The Russian part of the LCSR management is headed by Eduard Ponarin – professor of sociology at the Higher School of Economics at St. Petersburg (Ph.D., University of Michigan).

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) analyses of norms and values, explanation of the dynamics of value changes that took place in Russia and other former Soviet countries in the last 30 years, correlation of these dynamics with political and economic changes in the global context, identification of distinctive characteristics of Russian society in comparison with more than 90 countries, interregional comparative research within Russia, and the clarification of correlation between cultural and historical characteristics and economic development of the regions. The main research areas of our laboratory are subjective well-being and health, tolerance, nationalism, migration and religion. LCSR conducts regular conferences, workshops, and summer schools, which focus on discussions of methodological questions of comparative macro-sociology and on presentations of research results

The LCSR has a wide international network of researchers who regularly gather together at conferences and workshops.  The collaboration with LCSR offers excellent facilities for young researchers such as access to top experts, international databases and contemporary methods.  It might be not less interesting for senior researchers who could share their ideas with high qualified colleagues and find talented and motivated young collaborators for their research projects. 


The LCSR aims to be an international centre for comparative social analysis. As of now, the laboratory has become one of the most important research institutions studying social values in a quantitative perspective in the post-soviet space.


International Master Program in Comparative Social Research

International Master Program in Comparative Social Research is launched on the basis of LCSR. It is a 2-year English-only international MA program in comparative sociology. Students study in Moscow for the first semester, the second semester they study in St. Petersburg, the third semester is a research internship in one of the international partner universities. During the last semester students work on their thesis with an supervisor affiliated with a research laboratory. The program offers “Master of Sociology” degree, highly professional staff, stipends and tuition waivers for top students. The program is academically oriented, with additional strengths for international research labour market. In future it will be developed into dual/joint de­gree partnership abroad.

This program will provide students with the following skills:

Scientific Supervisor of the Programme is Ronald Inglehart, a winner of the Johan Skytte Prize in Political Science, a world renowned American sociologist and political scientist, founder of the World Values Survey project, professor of political science at the University of Michigan, professor at National Research University Higher School of Economics. He is famous for developing a sociological theory of post-materialism and cultural change in global perspective. For the past 40 years, he has been actively engaged in the creation and development of major international collective projects aimed at gathering and analysing research data. He is one of the key consultants for social policy makers in many countries (the USA, China, Sweden, South Africa) and interna­tional organizations such as The World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, ILO.

Director of the program is Chris Swader, associate professor at the HSE, received his PhD at the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences (thesis title is “Transfor­mation to a Market Economy and Changing Social Values in China, Russia, and Eastern Germany”). He has actively published comparative sociological works on a number of topics. Chris Swader is a full of energy, creative and experienced young leader and scholar, who is completely engaged with his work. Being a member of many international scientific associations, he is also the head of several international joint projects and initiatives and has won several research grants.

Call for the 4th LCSR Summer School on “Categorical Data Analysis”

Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) of the National Research University "Higher School of Economics" is pleased to announce the 4th LCSR Summer School on “Categorical Data Analysis”. The general purpose of this course is to make the participants familiar with techniques for handling categorical data.

The school will take place in  June 29 – July 12, 2014, near St. Petersburg,  Russia.

Keynote lecturer:  Jacques Hagenaars (Tilburg University, The Netherlands)

The following topics will be covered:

 Working language is English.

For application one should submit: (1) Curriculum Vitae; (2) a covering letter (not more than 400 words); (3) abstract of the research project (not more than 1000 words); (4) description of the data one is going to use during the practical course (not exceeding 200 words).

On competitive basis a restricted number of free of charge places will be spread. Besides, we will also provide additional 15 places for participants for 1000 euro (including accommodation, food and summer school fees).

Applications should be sent to hse.lcss@gmail.com- before April 20, 2014. The results will be announced on May 10, 2014.



Regular call for associate researchers

The main idea is to attract young scholars to work on their own projects under the guidance of the LCSR experts. Successful candidates will be invited to present their research proposal at LCSR workshops and conferences (we meet three times a year to report and get feedback on ongoing projects). The LCSR covers all costs of participation in the regular workshops and conferences for successful/invited participants and provides a space for discussion and development of further projects. The deadline for proposal submission is 01.02.2014. The template for proposal you can find following the link: http://lcsr.hse.ru/en/call.

Fourth LCSR International Workshop “Social and Cultural Changes in Cross-National Perspective: Values and Modernization”

The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research of National Research University "Higher School of Economics" invites to participate in the Fourth LCSR International Workshop “Social and Cultural Changes in Cross-National Perspective: Values and Modernization” that will take place from March, 28 till April 4, 2014 in Moscow within the framework of the XV International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development at HSE.


The workshop will cover a wide range of academic and social issues: value shift in Russia and in the world, subjective well-being and living standards, inter-religious and interethnic relations, migration and other topics.


International research network members will deliver their reports on ongoing projects or present the new ones. Many foreign scholars, experts in various fields of social sciences, plan to give lectures during the Workshop. Researchers from various universities of Russia, CIS countries, Europe and the USA will comment on projects. The key lecturers are Ronald Inglehart (University of Michigan, USA), Christian Welzel (Leuphana University, Germany), Eduard Ponarin (NRU HSE, St. Petersburg, Russia), Peter Hedström (Institute for Future Studies, Stockholm, Sweden), Jan Delhey (Jacobs University, Bremen, Germany), Christian Haerpfer (University of Aberdeen, Scotland; the President of the World Value Survey Association), and Robert Andersen (University of Toronto, Canada). Besides, the winners of the regular call for LCSR research network will present their projects. Please note that one can present a report only after submitting an application. The deadline for applications is February 1, 2014.








Managing Board


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Tomasz M. Mickiewicz



Economics & Strategy Group (ABS)

Aston University

E-mail: mickiewt@aston.ac.uk

Tel.: +44- 121- 204 3007

E-mail: mickiewt@aston.ac.uk

Website:  http://www1.aston.ac.uk/aston-business-school/staff/academic/esg/prof-tomasz-mickiewicz/ i


Saul Estrin



Department of Management


Houghton St

             London WC2A 2AE

Tel: +44-20 7955 6605

E-mail: s.estrin@lse.ac.uk



Martin Myant



European Trade Union Institute

Bd du Roi Albert II, 5

1210 Brussels

e-mail: MMyant@etui.org


Jens Hölscher



Head of Department

Accounting, Finance & Economics

The Business School, Bournemouth University

Executive Business Centre

89 Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB, UK

E-mail: jholscher@bournemouth.ac.uk









Other Members of the Executive Committee

(Alphabetical order by family name)


Horst Brezinski

EC Member


TU Bergakademie Freiberg

Department of Economics and Business Administration

Chair for International Economic Relations

Lessingstraße 45, 09596 Freiberg


Tel: +49-3731/39 20 32     

Fax: (+49) 3731/39 27 33

E-mail: Horst.Brezinski@vwl.tu-freiberg.de

Website: http://fak6.tu-freiberg.de/en/internationale-wirtschaftsbeziehungen/team/lehrstuhlinhaber/prof-dr-horst-brezinski/

Hubert Gabrisch

EC Member


Halle Institute for Economic Research

KleineMärkerstraße 8

D-06108 Halle (Saale)


Tel.: +49 345 7753830 

Fax: +49 345 7753-825

E-mail: gab@iwh-halle.de







EC Member


University of Regensburg and IOS Regensburg,



Tele: +49-941 943 2697

Fax:+49-941 943-4941

Website: www.wiwi.uni-r.de/jerger

Laura Resmini

EC Member


Universitàdella Valle d’Aosta

Dept. of Economics and Political Science

Loc. Grand Chemin, 73_75

I-11020 St. Christophe (AO)

E-mail: l.resmini@univda.it

Tel. +39-165-066 718;

Fax: +39-165 066 748; 

Website: http://www.univda.it/resminilaura



Magdolna Sass

EC Member


Institute for Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

1112 Budaörsiút. 45

Phone: (+36-1) 309-2652
Fax: (+36-1) 319-3136

Website: http://econ.core.hu/english/inst/sass.html

Satoshi Mizobata

EC Member


Institute of Economic Research,

Kyoto University

Yoshidahon-machi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto,

Japan 6068501

Tel: +81-75-753-7144

E-mail: mizobata@kier.kyoto-u.ac.jp


Maria Luigia Segnana

Maria LuigiaSegnana

EC Member


Dipartimento di Economia,

Universita' di Trento,

viaInama 5, 38122 Trento.

E-mail: marialuigia.segnana@unitn.it

Tel: +39-461 282225




EC Member


University of Tartu

Institute of Economics

Narva 4, 51009 Tartu


Tel: +372-737-6361   Fax: +372-737-6327

E-mail: varblane@mtk.ut.ee



Andrei Yakovlev

EC Member

University - Higher School of Economics

Institute for Industrial and Market Studies

Slavyanskayapl 4, bldg 2,

Moscow 109074, Russia    

Tel.: +7-495-6288649

E-mail ayakovlev@hse.ruand y_andrei@mail.ru


Members of the Advisory Board 






University of Paris 1-Centre d'Economie de la Sorbonne


Will Bartlett

London School of Economics and Political Science


Laszlo Csaba

Central European University, Budapest


Bruno Dallago

Università di Trento, Department of Economics


Daniel Daianu

The Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest


Jens Hölscher

Bournemouth University, England


Mario Nuti

London Business School


Marcello Signorelli

Department of Economics, University of Perugia



Department of Economics, University of Perugia


Vittorio Valli

Università di Torino, Dept. Economia


Hans-Jürgen Wagener

Europa UniversitaetViadrina, Frankfurt/Oder



Honorary Members:



Ronald Dore

Gregory Grossman

Michael Kaser


Marie Lavigne

Angus Maddison0301

Domenico Mario Nuti


Ex – Officio Member

Michael Keren


Hebrew University

Department of Economics

Naphtali Bldg. Scopus Campus, 91905 Jerusalem (Israel)

Tel: +972-26528521; Fax: 972-2-5816071


Presidential address reminds the forthcoming EACES bi-annual conference to be organised at Budapest, Hungary, in the first of September 2014. Likewise, universities are encouraged to submit the theses of their PhD graduates for the forthcoming competition; the deadline is the end of January 2014. President has also shared the message from the recently published book “Why Nations Fail” by Acemoglu and Robinson. The book’s framework explains various events we observe around. Although the framework is not new, authors in a very clear narrative style have done a lot to expose what people already knew. Also important to mention is the publication of the latest annual EBRD Transition Report. Political and economic institutions intertwine and it is hard to understand economics without it. Kiev presents a good example.. Why did the effects of the financial crises vary so strongly between countries?

oWhy have policy responses differed and what are the most effective policies to deal with the fiscal crises?

oAre there trade-offs between access to finance and stability in emerging market economies?

oWill there be a return of stagflation? Or deflation?

oHas the fiscal stimulus worked as expected in any/some/all countries?

oAre sources of instability similar in developed and emerging markets?

oSmall is beautiful but large is safe: what are the differences between effects in large versus small economies?



Section 2 of this newsletter presents the call for papers. Four important announcements are included in this section: the third pacific Rim Conference to be held in Hawaii, USA, May 14-17, 2014; ACES Workshop in May 20 – 22, 2014, in St. Petersburg (Russia); 6th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe to be organised at Lake Starnberg near Munich in 4-6 June 2014; and Second Annual Conference of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies to be held in June 26-28, 2014 at Regensburg (Germany).


Detailed information regarding the forthcoming seminar on Comparative Perspectives on the European Labour Markets is available in Section 3. The seminar will be held at International Trade Union House, Brussels, Belgium in 7th March 2014. This will discuss on four important papers: The impact of the institutions and crises on the European Labour markets, Measuring job quality and the effects of economic crisis, The Determinants of Job Satisfaction in Young Russian Workers, and Why are some countries more unemployed than others: An agenda for comparative labour market research. Participants are expected to enjoy with the free registration.


Section 5 is all about recent publications that interest the association. Recent publication of some scholarly papers/book has been presented at the beginning. This time we present the list of the recent publications of Wladimir Andreff. Furthermore, this section also presents the list of recently published journal articles in the field of comparative economics, notably European Journal of Comparative Economics, Economic Systems, Comparative Economic Studies, European Journal of Development Research, Post-Communist Economies, Journal of Comparative Economics, and Economic Annals. Information regarding most-read articles in Post-Communist Economies is also inclusive in this section.


We present exclusive information of the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (LCSR) of Russia in Section 6 of this newsletter. Students and researchers in comparative social research may benefit with the association to this laboratory.


Lastly, I would like to extend my best wishes to all the EACES members for the good health and wonderful progress in the year 2014.  


The editor welcomes any comment/suggestion for the improvement of the newsletter. The submissions are requested to deliver either in the form of hard copy or (preferably) electronic copy to:


Sanjaya Acharya

E-mail: sanjaya_acharya@hotmail.com

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