Seminar ‘Market Studies and Spatial Economics’ Dedicated to the Memory of Evgeny Zhelobodko
The XIV Annual April HSE Conference’s seminar ‘Market Studies and Spatial Economics’ is dedicated to the memory of Evgeny Zhelobodko.
March 27, 2013, marked the untimely death of Evgeny (‘Zhenya’) Zhelobodko, age 40.
Zhenya studied and then worked for a long period of time at Novosibirsk State University where he taught theoretical economics. It was namely in Novosibirsk, while working with scientists at the Sobolev Institute of Mathematics, that he evolved into a researcher.
The last two years of Zhenya’s life were closely linked with a project launched in November 2011 at the HSE’s International Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics. The project’s outstanding beginnings represented by the publication of the paper ‘Monopolistic Competition: Beyond the CES’ in Econometrica, were owed largely to Zhenya. The basic idea of this work, written in collaboration with Sergey Kokovin, Mathieu Parenti, and Jacques-François Thisse and known as ZKPT, was his.
However, Zhenya’s most valuable quality was not that he was a storehouse of ideas for scientific research; nor that as a scientist, he was able to see the fascinatingly deep and beautiful essence of any problem beneath numerous layers of details, as he did, for instance, in ZKPT; nor that his unique erudition was the secret to his success, although he seemed to know everything possible about theoretical economics; and, nor was it Zhenya’s organizational talents which made the Center itself possible as well as a series of outstanding summer and winter schools, international conferences, and seminars, and that he was always fantastically efficient, responsible, and perfectly punctual. Zhenya’s main gift, embodied in everything he did–as a scientist, an organizer, and simply as a person–was his attitude towards people. His co-authors were inspired by his enthusiasm, and research discussions with Zhenya were both a pleasure and a valuable opportunity for self-development. With his mild charisma and inexhaustible sense of humor, he was able to rally his colleagues to organize summer schools and conferences. Moreover, Zhenya possessed the rare ability to make friends; he ‘believed in people’ (as he repeatedly said) and loved life.
The XIV Annual April HSE Conference’s seminar ‘Market Studies and Spatial Economics’ is dedicated to the memory of Evgeny Zhelobodko–a remarkable scientist and a shining human being.
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On April 30, the XXII April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development came to a close. This year it was organized jointly by HSE University and Sberbank, and the majority of the events were held online. HSE Vice President and Conference Programme Committee Deputy Chair Lev Yakobson spoke with HSE News Service about his initial takeaways from the event and its new format.
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In order to remain competitive in the labour market, university graduates must be proficient not only in professional knowledge and skills, but also in a set of universal competences (UC). However, higher education systems face problems in assessing such competences due to a lack of developed approaches and methodologies. A report released by the HSE Institute of Education, ‘An Assessment of Universal Competences as Higher Education Learning Outcomes’, analyses the ways in which these challenges have been addressed in both Russia and abroad.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a fundamental component of many activities in economics and finance in recent years. On April 26,Panos Pardalos, Academic Supervisor at theLaboratory of Algorithms and Technologies for Networks Analysis (LATNA at HSE Nizhny Novgorod) and Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Florida, will talk about its impact, future developments and limitations in his honorary lecture Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Economics and Finance.
What is affect and why is it important for humans? How can feelings be defined and what is their relation to emotions and consciousness? What might be used in making a soft robot? Professor Antonio Damasio (University of Southern California, USA) discussed these and other questions in his honorary lecture, entitled 'Feeling, Knowing, and Artificial Intelligence'.The talk was delivered on April 16 at the at the XXII April International Academic Conference held by HSE University jointly with Sberbank.
General wealth levels in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have been improving since 2012 — poverty has been decreasing. But due to COVID, global poverty levels, including those of these regions, may increase considerably for the first time in two decades. Samuel Freije-Rodriguez, Lead Economist at World Bank, talked about this at the XXII April Conference organized by HSE University and Sberbank.