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Courses in Economics for International Summer University in Moscow

HSE International Summer University in Moscow, Math REU, and Russian language intensive course are accepting applications. Faculty of Economic Sciences offers both academically challenging and interesting courses delivered by prominent faculty members.

The Summer University courses or Math REU can be combined with courses of Russian language on various levels, starting from beginners. All courses are taught in English. The full selection of courses in various fields, including Russian studies, is available via the Summer University website.

Summer is a great time in Moscow: there is a lot of sun, weather is cool and pleasant. Besides, study abroad will not interfere with the regular studies. Participants can choose to stay up to two months or just two weeks, according to their interests, schedule and travel plans. Students from all over the globe live in HSE affordable and safe dorms and enjoy various activities together.

Advances in Decision Making Theory and Applications (2 ECTS)

Download course outline. Course by Professor Fuad T. Aleskerov, International Laboratory of Decision Choice and Analysis Head and Best Teacher award in 2014, 2016 and 2018

We make decisions every day and every hour: which summer school to choose, which pullover to buy, where to go on vacation. The course presents the core concepts of rational and efficient individual and social decisions, including political decisions.
Topics to be covered include:
• Decision making: why, when and under which circumstances?
• Aggregation models
• Applied models
• Political decision making
• Voting manipulation
• Organizational power distribution

Deep origins of comparative economic development (4 ECTS)

View course outline. Course by Professor Dmitry A. Veselov. Dr. Veselov holds PhD. from Sorbonne. He received the Best Teacher award from HSE students in 2011, 2015 and 2017.

This course summarizes recent theoretical and empirical evidence about the influence of deep-rooted factors (geography, cultural determinants, political and economic institutions, historical factors) on cross-country per capita income variance in the modern world. The first part of the course provides an overview of the unified growth theories that are helpful for our understanding of the transition to modern economic growth in the world economy. The second part of the course discusses the role of deep-rooted factors and mechanisms that explain the Great Divergence, the growing differences in living standards between rich and poor countries. The final part of the course shows how political and economic institutions affect modern comparative development and explain the determinants of institutional formation in society. The course is based on a rich body of recent literature in economics, history and political science that challenges our understanding of the modern comparative development of nations

Behavioral economics (5 ECTS)

View course outline. Course by Senior Lecturer  Nadezhda Shilova.

A frequently heard complaint from students of economic theory goes something like this: "But it doesn't work like this in real life I" Unfortunately, it takes a long time of studying general cases to arrive at the realization that life itself is a special case of a general rule. During this course we will attempt to reconcile theory and practice: we will see how mental and emotional filters shape the choices people make individually and in groups.We will also try to understand what rational choice is, and you will conclude for yourself which rational patterns to follow (or not follow) in real life whenever you have to make a decision as a consumer or as a producer or even as a policymaker.

Economic History of Russia: Features of Economic Development (5 ECTS)

Download course outline. Course by Professor Alexey Rakov, Best Teacher award for all 6 years - 2013 - 2018,  Golden HSE winner in  University Teaching Success nomination in the field of Social Sciences and Economics.  

This course aims to identify the turning points, reveal endogenous and exogenous causes of reform, and analyze the key aspects of the economic history of Russia, providing students with a clear understanding of many features of Russian history as well the correlation between Western and Russian economic development. It covers the following topics:
• The economic model of the early state during the period of feudal fragmentation,
• The Mongol Invasion of Russia and its economic consequences,
• The Russian economy after the Mongol invasion,
• Peter the Great's reforms,
• Serfdom in the 18th century,
• Reforms and counter-reforms during the 19th century as a conflict between liberal and conservative views,
• Industrialization of the Russian Empire at the end of 19th-beginning of the 20th century: characteristics, sequence of events and consequences,
• Tsarist Russia during World War I and War Communism after the end of the War,
• New Economic Policy: its reasons and consequences,
• Stalinist industrialization and collectivization,
• Economics of World War II and expansion of the socialist camp as one of its consequences,
• Contradictions in the economy of the USSR

Please see the summer programs leaflet , video by HKUST study abroad  office during their group participation at HSE Summer U. or check the Summer University experience 2018 

Should you have any questions please address to Oxana Budjko, Head of International Office, Faculty of Economic Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow

Apply online via link: 

HSE International Summer University 

REU in math 

Russian language intensive course