‘At the Conference We’ll Be Talking about Different Facets of Life in Russia: From New Investment Policy to the Digital Economy’
Today, the XIX April International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development begins. HSE Academic Supervisor Evgeny Yasin talks about the main topics that will be covered at the conference, as well as some of the participants.
The April Conference, above all, is an academic event and an opportunity for researchers from across Russia and other countries to express their views on the problems of contemporary economics. As we traditionally do, we will hold an interesting plenary session with representatives from the Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Finance, Center for Strategic Research, Sberbank and the Central Bank of Russia covering the development potential of Russia’s economy. In particular, Maxim Oreshkin, Russia’s Minister of Economic Development and one-time student at HSE, will speak on this topic.
Today, HSE is not only focused on economics, as it was 15-20 years ago. Whereas the first April Conferences concentrated solely on economic issues, the situation has changed somewhat today. We’ll be talking about different facets of life in Russia – from new investment policies to issues surrounding the digital economy and demographics.
In previous years, the global economic situation was developing in such a way that we could rely on oil. Today, the situation is different, and we need to understand the development path we are planning that will allow us to achieve economic growth and increase prosperity. I am convinced that human capital should play a very important role for the development of Russia’s economy in the coming years. Economists and sociologists have long been studying this phenomenon, including by keeping in mind the education of people in terms of their economic interests and their interest in certain institutions that increase the level of knowledge of a particular person. It is human capital that is becoming the main force in the development of Russia’s economy, which means that society should be interested in making this capital rise up and be placed into circulation. A plenary session entitled ‘Human Capital and Social Policy’ is dedicated to this topic; the main speakers are our rector, Yaroslav Kuzminov, and the director of the HSE Institute for Social Policy, Lilia Ovcharova. We anticipate that the discussion will be attended by Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets.
I plan to attend the speech by Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, who will talk about the role of budget policy in ensuring economic growth. In my opinion, this will be one of the most important and interesting plenary sessions, since the budgetary sphere is one of the most painful today. I hope that we will have a meaningful conversation with colleagues who have been invited from the State Duma's Control and Budget Committee.
I am also interested in the other plenary sessions, in particular, the report concerning the new phase of anti-monopoly policy in Russia. The head of the Russia’s Federal Anti-Monopoly Service, Igor Artemyev, will unveil the 5th anti-monopoly package. I also plan to attend the meeting where the challenges and prospects involving structural policy will be discussed. In my view, it is very important to clearly identify the priority sectors of the economy that will receive special attention from the state and business, and what kind of policy should be pursued with respect to them. I look forward to the report by Yuri Simachev, HSE’s Director of Economic Policy.
As I already mentioned, the format of the conference does not stipulate emphasis on any one key topic. The conference will also include sessions devoted to the national data management system and interaction between society, business and the state in the digital age. Problems, prospects and challenges concerning education will also be addressed, as will the technological future of Russia’s economy and structural policy. The agenda is quite rich and diverse, and I hope that I’ll be able to attend most of the meetings and sessions.
The HSE Centre for Studies of Income and Living Standards studied the dynamics of the middle class and its behaviour with regard to paid services. The study was based on data drawn from the HSE Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey (RLMS-HSE) for the years 2000 to 2017, and the results were presented at the 20th April International Academic Conference hosted by HSE.
Reproductive behavior is modernizing at different rates in post-Soviet countries. Things are changing faster in Russia, Armenia, Georgia and Ukraine, where, over the last fifteen years, the average maternity age has increased and the contribution of women in their thirties to their countries’ birthrates has grown. Meanwhile, old reproductive patterns persist in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, where firstborns are usually born to parents under 30, demographers Vladimir Kozlov and Konstantin Kazenin note in a paper delivered at HSE’s XX April International Academic Conference.
More than half of school graduates in medium-sized Russian cities will change their place of residence either forever or at least for a long time. According a report on internal migration presented by HSE demographers at the XX April International Academic Conference, these people are lost to their cities.
As part of the Management session of the XX April International Conference, Carl F. Fey from Aalto University School of Business, Finland, presented his paper on Facilitating Innovation in Companies in Russia: The Role of Organizational Culture. In his talk, Professor Fey spoke about the results of three studies he has been conducting with his team.
How does digital technology affect the behavior and health of schoolchildren? What opportunities does it proved teachers and school administrators? These and other issues were discussed by participants in the plenary session ‘Children’s Wellbeing in the Digital Age’ at the XX April International Scientific Conference of HSE.
Implementing a digital analytical platform, opportunities for Big Data, and other prospects for the development of Russian statistics were discussed by participants at a plenary session of the XX April International Academic Conference.
Dr. Dorothy Espelage (University of Florida) presented a comprehensive account of her research into youth bullying spanning more than two decades in an invited paper ‘Prevention & Intervention of Youth Bullying and other Forms of Youth Aggression: Research Informed Strategies’ at the XX April International Academic Conference.
The role of regional and industrial institutions of higher education in achieving national development goals must increase, and leading universities will help them. This was the conclusion reached by participants of the plenary session on Russian higher education that took place as part of the XX April International Academic Conference.
The plenary session ‘Strategy of Russian Presence at Global Food Markets’ took place as part of HSE University’s XX April International Academic Conference, where participants discussed the prospects for Russian agricultural exports to Asia, as well as the use of nonconventional investment models, such as Islamic financial tools.
National objectives for social development, as well as existing risks and opportunities in implementing these objectives were discussed by participants of HSE International April Conference.