Belarusian Economic Research and Outreach Center

Policy Papers

12 november 2019 Radzivon Marozau, Maribel Guerrero

Development of the entrepreneurial university (University 3.0) in Belarus: An overview of determinants and challenges

This policy paper discusses the terminologies, the determinants of the entrepreneurial and innovative university (University 3.0) evolution in Belarus. Authors highlight the crucial role of institutions (formal/informal) in the configuration of this type of university in Belarus and provide recommendations on the development of a University 3.0 as a new, private institution with a high degree of autonomy.

6 november 2019 Hanna Aginskaya, Yulia Efimenko

The potential of business support centers from the perspective of social entrepreneurship development in Belarus

This study allowed us to conduct a preliminary assessment of the needs of social entrepreneurs in Belarus in the context of information and consulting services and to determine the capabilities of existing business support centers in meeting such needs.

31 october 2019 Dzmitry Kruk

Belarus tends to face a ‘systemic fragility’

From a short-term perspective and ‘local’ view, this does not seem to change the environment considerably. According to such view, given the commitment of the authorities to monetary and financial stability (since 2015 it seems to be rather firm) the decay of the ‘recovery growth mark-up’ does not mean anything except weaker growth of incomes. However, from a longer-term perspective and a ‘big picture’ view, one can detect such kind of threats.

29 october 2019 Natalya Shcherbina

Demography in the trap of social policy: which measures can (can’t) help to increase fertility in Belarus

Since the mid-2000s, the fertility rate in Belarus was increasing and staying higher than optimistic forecasts of the UN. However, since 2017 the trend has turned around without any negative shocks from the economy or demographic and social policy. This discussion paper analyzes what happens to Belarusian fertility, why this happens and how social policy affects fertility.

12 september 2019 Natalya Shcherbina, Victoria Smalenskaja

Life after life. The assessment of the Belarusian pension system by the people: the results of the focus group discussions in Minsk and regions.

This paper is a part of the research about attitudes of Belarusians to the system of social protection. The research is carried out by the IPM Research Center together with BEROC. It is based on ten focus groups conducted in June 2019.

10 september 2019 Nadzeya Batava, Yauheniya Shershunovich, Irina Tochitskaya

Barriers to the Circular Economy: Evidence From Belarus

The paper presents the results of the enterprises surveys regarding the barriers to the development of the circular economy. The analysis has revealed that in general the enterprises surveyed positively evaluate the existing legislation in Belarus that regulates issues concerning waste management, but identify a number of other significant barriers.

9 september 2019 Yauheniya Shershunovich, Irina Tochitskaya

State vs. Private Companies: Differences in Waste Management

This paper presents an analysis of the survey results on how enterprises in Belarus manage their waste and use secondary raw materials. It was examined whether an effectiveness of waste management depends on the form of the enterprise ownership.

8 september 2019 Petr Sachek, Yauheniya Shershunovich, Irina Tochitskaya

Decision-Making in Waste Management at Belarusian enterprises: Survey Results

The paper presents the survey results analysis on waste management and factors affecting the possibility of using waste to make a new products. A relation between the size of the enterprise, the amount of waste and the way it was handled has been studied.

19 august 2019 Dzmitry Kruk

Belarusian Economy in mid-2019: the Aftermath of Recovery Growth Period

By mid-2019, a period of recovery growth has been accomplished and the national economy enters a new stage of development. This policy paper sums up and analyzes the results of the recovery growth period. The paper argues that the results are contradictory.

25 june 2019 Maryia Akulava

Foreign investment: ICT sector as an example to follow

In 2018, only the ICT sector was stably attractive to investors, unlike public sector assets. Belarus’ overall investment prospects remained bleak.

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