Economic Development and Growth Research group was found in 2017. The group focuses on study of sources of long run growth and development in the сcomparative perspective. Recent literature shows that special attention should be payed to institutions and theory-based economic measurement. That is why along with the conventional approaches of economic development and growth we aim to keep the interdisciplinary communications with historians and statisticians.
The group is focused on the study of consequences of the planned economy period for long run development of the economy in case of the post-war USSR and its Union republics. For this in collaboration with the Russian Statistics Office (Rosstat) and the Interstate Statistics Committee of the Commonwealth of International States (CIS Stat) we develop the unpublished historical statistics of industry-level output, labour, capital and inter-sectoral flows. We also use other sources, such as Russia KLEMS data within the World KLEMS framework. In 2017 the project is supported by the grant N 17-05-0035 within the framework of a subsidy granted to the HSE by the Government of the Russian Federation for the implementation of the Global Competitiveness Program.
In terms of policy implications results of the project can be used in two ways. First, providing insights of the semi-centennial development of the Russian economy in the comparative perspective, the project can contribute to long run growth stimulation programs of the Russian government. Second, the thorough quantitative analysis of development patterns of former Soviet republics can be useful for aid programs of international organizations for developing and post-transition economies, as well as of the Russian government programs of regional development.