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Students Invited to Plenary Session of the April Conference

For the first time, students and post-grads are invited to listen in on plenary sessions of the International April Conference. They will be able to find out ‘from the horse’s mouth’ what the world’s top academics, economists, government and public figures think about the current state of Russia’s economy and society. 

Students and post-graduates are invited to four plenary sessions on the 7th April at the International Trade Centre on Krasnaya Presnya and to the session at HSE, 11 Myasnitskaya Ulitsa on the 8th April — Growth Opportunities during the Crisis: Business View.

The  former Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin, Academician Victor Polterovich, Chairman of vtb24 Bank Mikhail Zadornov, economist Mikhail Dmitriev and the Polish economic reformer Marek Dombrovsky will all take part in the session Reasons for Reforms’ Success and Failure.

HSE Director of Social Research Lilia Ovcharova will give a lecture at the plenary session on Social Policy Priorities. Further speeches are anticipated from the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government Olga Golodets, Moscow’s Deputy Mayor Leonid Pechatnikov, and the well known specialists on social policy Natalia Zubarevich and Tatyana Malevaya.

Finally, the last session will be called Demand for Law: Factors and Driving Forces. It will be led by Anton Ivanov until recently, chairman of the Higher Court of Arbitration and now, Academic Supervisor at the HSE Faculty of Law. The Vice-Principal of the European University in St Petersburg, Academic Supervisor at the Institute for the Rule of Law Vadim Volkov and Director of the HSE Institute for Industrial and Market Studies Andrei Yakovlev, President of the Federal Chamber of Lawyers Yuri Pilipenko, the Bulgarian academic Ivan Krastev, HSE professor Sergey Pashin, Chairman of the Committee for the State Duma on Legislation Pavel Krasheninnikov and Director of the working group on making an international financial centre, Alexander Voloshin will all be taking part.

The plenary session and roundtable on Growth Opportunities during the Crisis: Business View will take place on 8th April. Students are welcome. There are plans to discuss the kind of interaction between business and government happening during the crisis, the role of business associations in overcoming negative consequences of the crisis and the influence of global politics and economic factors on the crisis in Russia. 

Directors of federal, public and professional organisations, Russian and international business associations, representatives of Russian government departments, human rights ombudsmen, chairs of boards of directors and CEOs of the major Russian businesses have all been invited to take part.

President of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, HSE President and Head of the HSE Department of Theory and Practice of Business-Government Interaction, Alexander Shokhin will moderate the session and the roundtable. 

If you want to attend the plenary sessions, please register in advance before 12.00 on the 6th April (in the registration form please enter your email, last name and first name) and bring your HSE pass with you.

As usual, all students are welcome at any of the section sessions of the conference from 8-10th April.



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One of the roundtables held during the XIX April Academic Conference featured a discussion of the report on morphology of Russian cities presented by Robert Buckley, Senior Fellow in the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School, US. The report looked at what Russian cities look like in terms of population density, how the patterns Russian cities exhibit compare with those of other cities around the world, and what individual behaviours might have contributed to the appearance of a certain pattern.

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During a plenary session of the HSE XIX April International Academic Conference, participants discussed the technological future of the Russian economy and how it relates to objectives such as speeding up economic growth and improving the quality of life.

Digital Humanities: A God of Many Faces

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We Must Reconsider the Government’s Role in the Economy

Slower GDP growth rates over the last several years were brought about by changes on international markets and the exhaustion of transformational bonuses due to the transition from a planned economy to a market economy, and this slowdown proves the necessity of looking for new solutions for stimulating the economy. The authors of the paper ‘Structural Changes in the Russian Economy and Structural Policy’ conducted a large-scale analysis on structural policy in Russia and around the world, as well as on possible ways for this policy to develop further. The first presentation of the paper took place as part of the plenary session called ‘Structural Policy in Russia: New Conditions and a Possible Agenda,’ which closed out HSE’s XIX April International Academic Conference.

HSE Hosts Russian National Award in Applied Economics

The winner of the 2018 award is Ina Ganguli, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The American researcher stood out for her series of articles analysing the productivity of Russian scientists in the 1990s, as well as their decisions concerning emigration and the impact that emigration had on the diffusion of Russian science in the United States.

Improved Investment Environment as a Real Factor in Solving Current Economic Problems

The subject of the risks and challenges related to sanctions on Russia is crucial in defining a number of different areas of economic policy. Participants in the round table focused on improving the business environment as one of the ways of responding to sanctions, exchanged opinions during the 19th April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development about how to move into positive economic growth while under this external pressure.

Breakthrough Solutions to Lead the Way in Modernizing Education

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