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An Approach to Estimating the Economic Expediency of Developing a New Cargo Transport Hub by a Regional Public Administration

Belenky A., Fedin G., Kornhauser A.

International Journal of Public Administration. 2021. Vol. 44. No. 13. P. 1076-1089.

Book chapter
A note on subspaces of fixed grades in Clifford algebras

Shirokov D.

In bk.: AIP Conference Proceedings. Vol. 2328: ICMM-2020. AIP Publishing LLC, 2021. Ch. 060001. P. 060001-1-060001-4.

Working paper
On compact 4th order finite-difference schemes for the wave equation

Zlotnik A., Kireeva O.

math. arXiv. Cornell University, 2020. No. arXiv:2011.14104v2[math.NA].

Tag "research projects" – News

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Andy Eggers (Nuffield College, Oxford University, UK) about strategic voting

Andy Eggers introduced a new approach to measuring and comparing strategic voting across voters that can be broadly applied given appropriate survey data. In recent British elections, he found no difference in strategic voting by education level, but he did find that older voters are more strategic than younger voters, richer voters are more strategic than poorer voters, and left-leaning voters are more strategic than right-leaning voters. 

Lecture by D. Frolov on "Annotation of a Document Collection by Finding Thematic Fuzzy Clusters and Parsimoniously Lifting Them in a Domain Taxonomy"

On Wednesday, May 16 the all-Russian seminar "Mathematical methods of decision analysis in economics, finance and politics" was held. D. Frolov gave a lecture on "Annotation of a Document Collection by Finding Thematic Fuzzy Clusters and Parsimoniously Lifting Them in a Domain Taxonomy".

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: David Schindler (Tilburg University) about the attitudes towards minorities

Topic: " Shocking Racial Attitudes: Black GIs in Europe "

Abstract: Can attitudes towards minorities, an important cultural trait, be changed? We show that the presence of African American soldiers in the UK during World War II reduced anti-minority prejudice, a result of the positive interactions which took place between soldiers and the local population. The change has been persistent: in locations in which more African American soldiers were posted there are fewer members of the UK’s leading far-right party, less implicit bias against blacks and fewer individuals professing racial prejudice, all measured around 2010. We show that persistence has been higher in rural areas and areas with less subsequent in-migration.

Lecture by N. Leonova on "A Review of Capital Flight Problem"

On Wednesday, March 21 the all-Russian seminar "Mathematical methods of decision analysis in economics, finance and politics" was held. N. Leonova gave a lecture on "A Review of Capital Flight Problem".

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Melanie Meng Xue (Northwestern University) about the impact of autocratic rule on social capital

Topic: " Autocratic Rule and Social Capital: Evidence from Imperial China "

Abstract: This paper explores the impact of autocratic rule on social capital---defined as the beliefs, attitudes, norms and perceptions that support cooperation. Political repression is a distinguishing characteristic of autocratic regimes. Between 1660--1788, individuals in imperial China were persecuted if they were suspected of holding subversive attitudes towards the state. A difference-in-differences approach suggests that in an average prefecture, exposure to those literary inquisitions led to a decline of 38% in local charities---a key proxy of social capital.  Consistent with the historical panel results, we find that in affected prefectures, individuals have lower levels of generalized trust in modern China. Taking advantage of institutional variation in 20th c. China, and two instrumental variables, we provide further evidence that political repression permanently reduced social capital. Furthermore, we find that individuals in prefectures with a legacy of literary inquisitions are more politically apathetic. These results indicate a potential vicious cycle in which autocratic rule becomes self-reinforcing through causing a permanent decline in social capital.

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Andrei Markevich (NES) about the support for the Russian Revolution 1917

Topic: "Democratic Support for the Bolshevik Revolution: An Empirical Investigation of 1917 Constituent Assembly Elections"

Scholars have long-debated the causes of popular support for the Russian Revolution and how this support translated into successful regime change. We systematically investigate cross-district and cross-city variation in popular support for the Bolsheviks using voting outcomes of the All Russian 1917 Constituent Assembly elections, occurring right after the Bolsheviks seized power. We find that the Bolsheviks managed to mobilize more popular support in districts with more of a presence of industrial workers, Russian-speaking peasants and soldiers. However, we show that politics rather than fundamentals explain the variation in pro-Bolshevik voting and the policies that supported this coalition was hardly stable, forewarning the command economy to come.

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Daria Pudova (HSE) about the effectiveness of sanctions

Topic: "Political Economy of Sanctions - Evidence from Russia"

Sanctions are a foreign policy instrument applied in order to change certain actions and decisions of the target country. They result in economic and political consequences. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of sanctions is still debatable. Thus, the aim of my research is to reveal the impact of sanctions, if there is one, within three chosen aspects: stock prices, regional economies and intergovernmental transfers. In this paper I intend to check whether the companies with state participation in the ownership are more responsive to the situation of high sanctions’ risk. The research is conducted utilizing the identification strategy based on the conflict fatalities that increase risk of sanctions and event study analysis applied to stock market returns for firms differently affected that have been successfully applied in the conflict literature, yet have not been employed in relation to sanctions’ studies.

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Kseniya Abanokova (HSE) about pocketbook motivation in voting in Russia

Considerable research on developed countries shows the economic factors matter for voters. But for transitional democracies there has been uncertain evidences of the economics and elections connection using microdata. This view fits the Russian case well, where research on aggregate data supports economic voting but the conclusion can be limited due to institutional restrictions on access to elections and self-selection of voters. We consider modelling economic voting as a two step process, where the voters first decide to turn out and then choose the party at the polls. Given the subjective question this analyse uses, particularly in the context of likely endogeneity, an instrumental variable method is called for. We observed that negative egotropic perceptions does not decrease the probability to vote for the incumbent.

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Israel Marques II (HSE) about influence of institutional quality on social policy preferences.

Using laboratory experiments conducted in two countries, we examine how poor institutions influence individuals support for redistribution. Contrary to conventional expectations, we argue that high-earning individuals will prefer more redistribution when they can more easily evade taxes. To test our expectations, we conducted a series of experiments from February to May 2016 simulating earned income and tax evasion. We find that high earners do indeed prefer more redistribution when they can more easily under-report their income. Our findings make an important contribution to the little studied question of how institutional quality affects social policy preferences.

HSE Seminar on Political Economy: Anton Sobolev (UCLA) about Pro-Government “Trolls” and Online Conversations in Russia

Recently, it came to light that some national governments have been employing paid commentators (“trolls”) to interfere with online political conversations to express pro-government views and to challenge the narrative of political opposition. In this study, I explore the behavior and impact of 700 trolls allegedly employed in late 2014 and early 2015 to leave pro-government comments on the popular social media website LiveJournal.com. Using probabilistic topic modeling, I develop a method to estimate the causal effect of trolls intervention in online discussions under a set of assumptions. I find that trolls are more successful in diverting the discussions from politically charged topics than in promoting a pro-government agenda. I also find that trolls are successful in diverting discussions from purely political topics, but have no effect if users discuss problems of the national economy. Those who discuss poor economic growth, unemployment, and/or price inflation seem not to be responsive to troll interventions.