Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

Workshops

In 2009 BEROC has organized a series of seminars and workshops (both in Minsk and in Kiev) for graduate students and professors of Belarusian universities and economists from other research institutions.
 
March 9-13, 2009, BSU, Minsk.
April 20-24, 2009, BSUIR, Minsk.
Mini-course of Valentin Zelenyuk (The Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine) "Advanced Production Theory and Applications. Part 1".
Topics:
neo-classical production theory: Shephard's Axiomatic approach; efficiency measurement and duality in economics; data envelopment analysis; basics of Stochastic Frontier Analysis (SFA); Index Numbers Theory and application.
 
April 21-23, 2009, IBB, Minsk.
Workshop of Alina Verashchagina (The University of Siena, Italy)
"The Impact of the Economic Transition on Education, Wages, and Labour Supply".
Topics: returns to education and human capital accumulation; education and socioeconomic mobility; wages and the gender pay gap; labour supply and economic incentives.
 

April 27-30, 2009, the Kiev School of Economics, Kiev.                                  Seminar of Igor Livshits (The University of Western Ontario, Canada) "Macroeconomics and Growth".
Topics:
growth accounting; neoclassical growth model; needed: the Theory of TFP; barriers to technology adoption; appropriate technologies; human capital; puzzles: capital outflow during growth. how important is finance?

May 4-15 2009, IBB, Minsk.
Workshop of Aliaksandr Amialchuk (The University of Toledo, USA)
"Econometric methods with applications in Labor and Population Economics".
Topics:
introduction and review of OLS. Cases when the OLS estimator is inconsistent; panel data models (fixed effects, first differencing, random effects); discrete response models and duration analysis (LPM, logit, probit, hazard models); the evaluation problem in social sciences; randomized experiments; controlling for confounding variables (matching on covariates, propensity score matching, twin and sibling studies); difference-in-differences estimation; instrumental variables strategy; regression discontinuity design; research in labor and population economics on Belarus: available literature, topics for future research. Examination.
 
April 15-17, GrSU, Grodno.
May 25-29, 2009, BSU, Minsk.

Mini-course of Valentin Zelenyuk (The Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine) "Macroeconomics for Business".
Topics:
Introduction: how macroeconomics can help in business decisions; production, income, and employment; the monetary system, prices, and inflation; the classical long-run model; economic growth and rising living standards; economic fluctuations; the short-run macro model; the banking system and the money supply; the money market and the interest rate; aggregate demand and aggregate supply; inflation and monetary policy; fiscal policy: taxes, spending, and the federal budget; exchange rates and macroeconomic policy; using macroeconomics in investments in stock market and bond market.
 
July 6-8, 2009, IBB, Minsk.
Workshop of Tom Coupe (The Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine)
“Writing Academic Research Papers and Proposals in Economics”.
Topics:
how to find good ideas; how to motivate an academic paper; how to write a good literature review; some hints for empirical work; how to write a referee a paper; how to present a paper; how, when and where to submit a paper; how to write a successful research grant proposal; presentations by participants of their own research.

September 28 - October 2, 2009, BSU, Minsk.
Mini-course of Valentin Zelenyuk (The Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine) "Advanced Production Theory and Applications. Part 2".

September 21-25, 2009, GSTU, Gomel.
Mini-course of Elena Besedina (The Kyiv School of Economics, Ukraine) "Introductory Econometrics".