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Economic Sciences

HSE University’s global competitiveness in the field of “Economics” is confirmed by its presence among the Top-100 world universities in the QS “Economics & Econometrics” and THE “Business and Economics” subject rankings. Research capacity and potential of HSE University are confirmed by hundreds of publications of its faculty members in top international journals, as well as their involvement in national economic policy development. Using up-to-date skills and knowledge, HSE University offers a whole range of expert services, covering business analytics and expertise, economic modeling, capacity building, etc.

HSE University’s key confirmed competencies include:

Macroeconomic analysis, particularly with respect to the following:

  • assessing the contributions of technological development and human capital to overall economic growth;
  • cross-country comparisons of sectoral performance;
  • economic and statistical analysis of Russia’s macroeconomic dynamics;
  • analysis of macroeconomic trends;
  • macroeconomic monitoring and forecasting;
  • risks and sustainability analysis;
  • analysis of monetary and fiscal policies;
  • advanced training and capacity building services for public and private companies.  

Economic assessments of programmes, policies and bylaws, in particular with respect to the following:

  • regional, venture, industrial and cluster policies;
  • antitrust regulation and tariffs for key infrastructural sectors;
  • social and labour market policies;
  • state procurement systems.  

Institutional analysis, including the political economy of cultural elites, social capital and collective actions.

Financial economics, in particular with respect to the following:

  • theoretical analysis of financial market microstructure;
  • corporate governance on emerging capital markets;
  • cross-disciplinary analysis of intellectual capital;
  • the application of AI to financial analysis;
  • theoretical and applied analysis of macrofinance and the banking sector.

Economic studies at HSE University are concentrated in major research centres, which collect and analyze data on labour economics, spatial and regional economics, welfare management, institutional economics, social capital and government procurements.

HSE University’s research agenda also includes applied economic statistics, which, in turn, is aimed at increasing the quality of the national methods for statistical data collection and analysis, including the introduction of contemporary techniques for measuring economic activities, economic dynamics and public welfare.

In addition, by building on its current potential, HSE University ensures priority development of empirical economic research. This will enable the University to significantly enhance its position as a well-established hub center for international projects focused on comparative economic research, and a leading resource centre for Russia’s multi-dimensional economic data. Another priority area is traditionally concerned with mathematical methods of economic analysis and their application both in economic theory and adjacent disciplines, e.g., Education, Sociology, Demographics, Social Policy, Political Science, Law, Sports Research, etc.

Integration with Educational Processes

The outcomes of basic and applied economic research will both enhance the contents of traditional courses taught at HSE University by linking them with the latest challenges for the national and global economy, and buttress the efforts for the modernization of economic instruction by incorporating innovative digital techniques and synthesis of economics and data science. To this end, research teams will continue to work together on educational projects. At present, HSE University is testing new methods for organizing project work – research project seminars, which can bring together students of different years of study their instructors from academia and businesses to work on real-life, practice-driven tasks. This format will strengthen contacts between  HSE University’s researchers and potential employers, while also allowing learners to develop much-needed universal competencies.

Furthermore, HSE University will aim to deal with the challenges facing Russia’s higher education overall. For instance, it shall develop a series of e-learning programmes to support teaching of economic courses at regional academic institutions. Furthermore, building on the experience of a joint degree programme with Far Eastern Federal University, new network programmes shall be developed with Tyumen State University, Ammosov North-Eastern Federal University, and other academic institutions, both inside and outside of Russia.