Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

FREE Policy Briefs

The Forum for Research on Eastern Europe and Emerging Economies (FREE) is a joint initiative by SITE (Stockholm), BEROC (Minsk), BICEPS (Riga), CEFIR (Moscow), CenEA (Szczecin), ISET (Tblisi) and KEI (Kiev). Together, these research institutes form an extensive network of leading academic experts on economic issues in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The institutes also conduct research about development, emerging markets, as well as economics in general.

The FREE Policy Brief Series is designed to provide short and informative analyses on current economic policy challenges. The focus will be on Eastern Europe and emerging markets. The writings will be based on academic research papers or policy work by the researchers at the different institutes and updated on a weekly basis. The ambition is to bridge the gap between ongoing academic research and policy making, to stimulate and contribute to the international debate as well as to intensify the interaction and discussion with other researchers, policy-makers, and business representatives across the world.

The web-site of the Forum

The Russian translation available in the section FREE on the web-site of CEFIR (Moscow).

FREE Policy Brief: Does Gender Matter for the Innovativeness of SMEs?

 Hinnerk Gnutzmann, Piotr Spiewanowski

FREE Policy Brief: Did the Fertilizer Cartel Cause the Food Crisis?

FREE Policy Brief: Stimulating Growth in Belarus: Selecting the Right Priorities

FREE Policy Brief: Liquidity and Monetary Policy in Belarus

FREE Policy Brief: Macroeconomic Performance and Preferences for Democracy

FREE Policy Brief: Integration Formations in the Monetary Sphere: the Possibility and the Necessity for Monetary Integration in the Post-Soviet Region

FREE Policy Brief: Decomposition of Economic Growth in Belarus

FREE Policy Brief: Can Anti-Smoking Campaigns Increase Obesity? Evidence from Belarus

 Dzmitry Kruk, Kiryl Haiduk

FREE Policy Brief: Directed Lending: Is It An Efficient Tool to Modernize the Economy?

FREE Policy Brief: Becoming Entrepreneur in Belarus: Factors of Choice