Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

Education

BEROC organizes modern economic educational program for Belarusian BA, MA and PhD students, professors and policy makers. By now more than 30 events were conducted: Annual International Economic Conference, Post-Graduate School in Economics, Student School on Modern Economics and Economic Research, open lectures, Workshop Series for the National Bank Experts, Program for Journalists and other events.

 Victor Arshavskiy

Open Lecture ”Market integration in developing countries: literature review and directions for further research” by Victor Arshavskiy

Market integration in developing countries is crucial condition under which new economic policies and technological advancements will positively affect economic growth. Consider the following example: a farmer is deciding whether to implement a new technology, which, at some cost, should significantly increase output. If there is only one local market, which is not integrated to other markets in the country, increased output will just plummet the pries and return on the investment may be low or negative. If, however, markets are integrated, the excess of the product will “flow” to the central market and from there to other markets in the country, and price effect will be minimal. In this case, the farmer has much higher incentives to implement the new technology, which facilitates economic growth. I review recent advances in this field and suggest some future research directions.

Open Lecture ”Taxation: Historical Trends and Theoretical Explanation”

This study analyzes the dynamics of tax revenues and tax rates for a large set of countries for at least last 50 years. We establish several stylized facts. First, corporate and individual income tax rates have been steadily declining, while value added tax(VAT) has been increasing for the most of the countries. The VAT was introduced in many countries in late 70s and early 80s. Second, the total revenue as % of GDP as well as the share non-tax revenues in total revenue have not changed much. Third, while the share of individual income tax has remained constant, the share of corporate tax has increased in spite of falling tax rates. Fourth, the sale tax revenue has become the most import source of revenue. The recent theoretical explanations cannot account for the observed pattern. We proposed an alternative by incorporating capital mobility into a model of the optimal capital taxation with heterogeneous agents a la Conesa et al (2009).

Research Seminar "Can we cure debt with more debt: Is fiscal stimulus effective during consumer debt induced recession?"

Research Seminar with Elena Loutskina took place on July 13.

Open Lecture ”Will I Get Paid? Employee Stock Options and Mergers and Acquisitions”

Open lecture with Yuri Tserlukevich took place on July 1.

Open Lecture "Effects of Trade Wars on Belarus”

Open lecture with Aleksandr Vashchilko took place on June 24.

The Sixth Student School

BEROC organized the Sixth Student School in Modern Economics on August 15-30, 2016.

Open Lecture "Challenges of the Future: Back to the Middle Ages”

Open lecture with Pavel Daneyko organized in cooperation with the Flying University and the Center for European Transformation took place on May 27.

Study Tour to Georgia

On November 26-27, 2015 an official delegation from Belarus visited Georgia to learn more about efficient reforms in tax administration, E-governance, and public services.

Workshop Series ”Managing Financial Crisis: Lessons from Finland, Sweden, and Latvia”

In 2015 Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center (BEROC) organized a series of workshops for the National Bank management.

The Fifth Student School

The Fifth Student School in Modern Economics was held in Minsk on August 17-31, 2015.