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Advances in Decision Making Theory and Applications ( 2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 2 - 7

Fuad T. Aleskerov

Head, Professor: Faculty of Economic Sciences / Department of Mathematics

We make decisions every day and every hour: which summer school to choose, which pullover to buy, where to go on vacation. The course presents the core concepts of rational and efficient individual and social decisions, including political decisions.
Topics to be covered include:
- Decision making: why, when and under which circumstances?
- Aggregation models
- Applied models
- Political decision making
- Voting manipulation
- Organizational power distribution

Challenges to EU–Russia Economic Links (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: June, 25 - July, 7

Vladimir N. Zuev

Professor: Institute of Trade Policy / Department of Trade Policy

The course presents the analysis of the major challenges to the EU – Russia links. There is a clear contradiction between the huge potential for cooperation and the current state in relations, which are at a mess. This course, while disclosing the fundamentals and a historical retrospective of relations between Russia and the EU, is focused on the most recent developments in Europe, including unrest in Ukraine, and their impact on relationships in Europe. Large part of the course is dedicated to problems of economic cooperation, discovering the burden of economic sanctions. The aim is to understand the reasons for the current problems and to dress up the likely scenarios of the eventual development of links with largely unused potential for partnership. Topics included in the course ignite discussion and debate. Different points of view on different aspects of the cooperation dilemmas are provided to create an objective vision of the controversial issue. 

Politics and Economics of Energy (2 ECTS credits, 16 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 9 - 21 

Vladimir N. Zuev

Professor: Institute of Trade Policy / Department of Trade Policy


This course puts a test on conventional theoretical approaches on global energy issues. It is based upon empirical evidence of the current trends on the global energy markets, unveiling policy issues in the study of energy that span across political science and international economics.The course takes a very broad view and introduces students to energy as understood by scholars of international security and cooperation as well as economic and political development.We investigate the major policy issues of the day: the development and current status of the global energy markets, with particular emphasis on Russia, EU, China and the USA.The role of the international organizations is given the focal place, especially the historical importance, the current development and future relevance of OPEC.The course attributes a special role to the influence on the industry of the technological progress in alternative energies and the “threat” of fracking to traditional gas producers.

Introduction to Econometrics with R (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: June, 20 - July, 20

Boris Demeshev

Senior Lecturer: Faculty of Economic Sciences / Department of Applied Economics

This course is a hands-on introductory course. We will use the free and open-source statistical software R. Today R is one of the most important languages for social sciences. The course starts with basic data manipulations, descriptive statistics, and graphs. We will cover linear regression, logit, and probit models and more advanced topics. The only requirement is basic knowledge of probability and statistics - mainly, properties of expected value and hypothesis testing. No previous exposure to programming is required.
Students are expected to bring their own laptops/notebooks.

Deep Origins of Comparative Economic Development (4 ECTS credits, 32 academic hours, HSE Moscow)
Dates: July, 9 - 20

Dmitry A. Veselov 

Assistant Professor: Faculty of Economic Sciences / Department of Theoretical Economics


This course summarizes recent theoretical and empirical evidence about the influence of deep-rooted factors (geography, cultural determinants, political and economic institutions, historical factors) on cross-country per capita income variance in the modern world. The first part of the course provides an overview of the unified growth theories that are helpful for our understanding of the transition to modern economic growth in the world economy. The second part of the course discusses the role of deep-rooted factors and mechanisms that explain the Great Divergence, the growing differences in living standards between rich and poor countries. The final part of the course shows how political and economic institutions affect modern comparative development and explain the determinants of institutional formation in society. The course is based on a rich body of recent literature in economics, history and political science that challenges our understanding of the modern comparative development of nations.

Behavioral Economics (5 ECTS credits, 40 academic hours, HSE Moscow)

Nadezhda Shilova

Senior Lecturer: Faculty of Economic Sciences / Department of Theoretical Economics


A frequently heard complaint from students of economic theory goes something like this: "But it doesn't work like this in real life I" Unfortunately, it takes a long time of studying general cases to arrive at the realization that life itself is a special case of a general rule. During this course we will attempt to reconcile theory and practice: we will see how mental and emotional filters shape the choices people make individually and in groups.We will also try to understand what rational choice is, and you will conclude for yourself which rational patterns to follow (or not follow) in real life whenever you have to make a decision as a consumer or as a producer or even as a policymaker.

Economic History of Russia: Features of Economic Development  
(5 ECTS credits, 40 academic hours, HSE Moscow) 

This course aims to identify the turning points, reveal endogenous and exogenous causes of reform, and analyze the key aspects of the economic history of Russi a, providing students with a clear understanding of many features of Russian history as well the correlation between Western and Russian economic development. It covers the following topics:
• The economic model of the early state during the period of feudal fragmentation,
• The Mongol Invasion of Russia and its economic consequences,
• The Russian economy after the Mongol invasion,
• Peter the Great' s reforms,
• Serfdom in the 18th century,
• Reforms and counter-reforms during the 19th century as a conflict between liberal and conservative views,
Industrialization of the Russian Empire at the end of 19th-beginning of the 20th century: characteristics, sequence of events and consequences,
Tsarist Russia during World War I and War Communism after the end of the War,
• New Economic Policy: its reasons and consequences,
• Stalinist industrialization and collectivization,
• Economics of World War II and expansion of the socialist camp as one of its consequences,
Contradictions in the economy of the USSR.


The Development of Russian Social and Economic Thought: A Historical Overview (5 ECTS credits, 40 academic hours, HSE Moscow) 

Denis V. Melnik

Associate Professor: Faculty of Economic Sciences / Department of Theoretical Economics

"I can not forecast to you the action of Russia. It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma. But perhaps there is a key. That key is Russian national interest" (Winston Churchill, 1939)

For a long time, the understanding of national interest inside Russia was wrapped up in ideas that generated strong sentiments among various social groups. At the same time, the very notion of a nation constituting Russia was fluid and embedded into competing for historical discourses. This fact constrained the reliability of forecasts of Russia' s actions. Churchill himself had all the possibilities to appreciate this issue during his long political career.

But even if shifts in the Russian history can be abrupt and dramatic, the ideas underlying those shifts did not emerge from the blue. Their origins can be traced back to specific contexts. Therefore, the course at hand focuses on reactions of the elites to challenges posed by trailing "the West". Such challenges were clearly perceived well before the forced Westernization imposed by Peter I, as well as thereafter.We can see how ideas were implemented into policy measures and how the resulting patterns of development affected Russian economic thought. And, as ideas from the past still matter, we can evaluate their impact on the recent history of Russia. In doing so we should not expect to solve a mystery but rather try to dispel an enigma.

* Please note, all dates TBC