Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

Research

One of the main BEROC goals is generating and spreading of new academic and policy knowledge on problems, tendencies and development of Belarusian economy. Academic and policy research aimed at the development of strategy encouraging economic growth and quality improvement of economic policy in Belarus.

Determinants of poverty with and without economic growth. Explaining Belarus's poverty dynamics during 2009-2016

This paper studies the incidence and determinants of poverty in Belarus using data from yearly Household Budget Surveys for 2009-2016. The poverty is evaluated from consumption perspective applying the cost of basic needs approach and using food and absolute poverty lines. During last two years, absolute poverty in Belarus has increased twofold and reached 29% of the population.

Barriers and drivers of women's entrepreneurship in Belarus

We have conducted the number of interviews with female entrepreneurs and top managers of Belarusian companies.

FREE Policy Brief: Avoiding Corruption and Tax Evasion in Belarus’ Construction Sector

This brief summarizes our research on the problem of corruption and tax evasion in the construction sector in Belarus.

Politicized Trade: What Drives Withdrawal of Trade Preferences?

We examine if a trade policy tool designed for fostering development is used strategically. We study this question using GSP country eligibility reviews regarding worker rights violations.

Economic Outlook - Second Quarter 2017

BEROC presents the Economic Outlook - the Second Quarter 2017.

Foreign Investment: Measures to Improve the Investment Climate

In 2016, potential investors’ interest in Belarus continued to decline. The problem of access to financing in the form of loans was growing, affecting the possibility of floating sovereign Eurobonds internationally. There were signs that the government finally realized that the country needed a better image to foster investment and issued a number of bills to facilitate raising funds.

FREE Policy Brief: Fiscal Redistribution in Belarus: What Works and What Doesn’t?

Committee assignments and the value of corporate political connections: evidence from legislators' sudden deaths

We present new causal evidence that political connections to U.S. legislators are valuable for individual firms. We also estimate that almost all of the value generated by connections to the U.S. legislators can be attributed to their influence over and above their formal committee assignments in Congress.

The Trade Effect of GSP Removal: Evidence from Belarus

Under the Generalized Scheme of Preferences (GSP), rich countries grant unilateral trade preferences to developing countries. We study the EU’s withdrawal of GSP preferences from Belarus in 2007 to understand how the GSP a ects export patterns. The withdrawal caused a signi cant drop in trade for a ected products (26%-29% trade decline) and some trade reduction at the extensive margin. However, there is little evidence of a GSP e ect on total trade. This is due to the fact that the main exports of Belarus were not eligible for the GSP program.

 Anastasia Luzgina, Ilze Vaivode, Janis Volberts, Dr. Erkki Laukkanen, Dr. Ilmari Larjavaara

Corporate Engagement in Fighting Corruption and Tax Evasion in Construction Sector

This is the Final Report for the project Corporate Engagement in Fighting Corruption and Tax Evasion. The project, financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers, includes three partners: Transparency International Latvia (Delna, host organisation), Transparency International Finland and BEROC, a research institute in Minsk, Belarus. The aim is to engage entrepreneurs in fighting corruption and tax evasion, with a focus on municipal construction procurements in Latvia, Belarus and Finland.