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The second issue of Macroeconomic Review of Belarus in graphs

CASE Belarus has published the 2nd issue of Macroeconomic Review of Belarus in graphs. It is the unique outlook presented in over 100 graphs and tables with macroeconomic indicators covering four major sectors of the Belarusian economy: real sector, fiscal sector, monetary sector, and external sector. There are less words, more data. We expect the Macroeconomic Review to be helpful for wide range of stakeholders interested in Belarus economy in general: from academia to representatives of international organisations. The Macroeconomic Review is free of charge, to be issued quarterly. Читать далее

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Belarus in Global Competitiveness Index

CASE Belarus has prepared the analytical paper about the potential place of Belarus in GCI ranking. Our calculations show that Belarus, actually not present in the ranking, could be between 55th and 61st place in 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 rankings. The paper is the result of the first stage of the project «The Global Competitiveness Index (GCI): dynamics of the position of Belarus». The results of the next stage will include recommendations on what could be the steps of the Belarusian government to improve Belarus’ position in the ranking by better allocation of resources on labour and financial markets. Читать далее

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The first issue of Macroeconomic Review of Belarus in graphs

We are happy to announce that CASE Belarus has prepared the first issue of Macroeconomic Review of Belarus in graphs. It is the unique outlook presented in 95 graphs covering four major sectors of Belarus economy: real sector, fiscal sector, monetary sector, and external sector. There are less words, more data. We expect the Macroeconomic Review to be helpful for wide range of stakeholders interested in Belarus economy in general: from academia to representatives of international organisations. The Macroeconomic Review is free of charge, to be issued quarterly. Читать далее

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Capital and labour market in Belarus: equal status for long run growth

Analytical research report presents the results of the study of relationship between development of capital and labour market of Belarus. These are two factor markets that make companies operate and grow, provide citizens with jobs and wages. We argue that labour market policy in Belarus leads to underdevelopment of financial market, thus creating barriers for companies in getting capital for further investments. The study tends to provide specific policy recommendations for financial sector development and labour market reforms in Belarus. Читать далее

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Does the Development of the Financial Sector Influence the Results of Belarusian Enterprises?

Case Belarus has issued a new analytical research report entitled Does the Development of the Financial Sector Influence the Results of Belarusian Enterprises? It presents the results of the study analysing the barriers which prevent Belarusian enterprises from getting financial support. It also contains estimations of annual loses produced by this barriers as well as estimations of potential benefits brought by the development of financial markets. For instance, the study has shown that 1% increase in the financing provided by non-banking sector will produce in 3 years 7.3% increase in sales and 1.5% growth in productivity. Читать далее

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“Poverty Belt” in Belarus: Diagnosis, Perspectives and Policy Implications

CASE Belarus has released the final version of the analytical report entitled “Poverty Belt” in Belarus: Diagnosis, Perspectives and Policy Implications. It presents the results of the pioneering study on the regional disparities. CASE Belarus is the first think tank in Belarus which has analysed the emergence of stagnating areas around fast developing agglomeration centre. Читать далее

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Contemporary Orphanage Prevention Practices

A book ‘Contemporary practices in orphanage prevention’ is a comprehensive guide of world’s best practices in the field of family support and orphanage prevention. It was specially designed to be used in Belarusian social care institutions. The guide was prepared within the project ‘Orphans in Belarus: fighting negative effects for beneficiary groups’ realized by CASE Belarus in 2013-2014. Читать далее

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Impact of the Green Belts on Urban Development. Experience of London

The new background paper is focused on the effects of the policy which restricts cities’ territorial growth. ‘Green Belt’ is a ring of agricultural or natural lands established around the city with the purpose to limit its territorial expansion and preserve healthy environment. However, the experience of London and many other cities shows that Green Belt policy is not very efficient in protecting environment. Green Belts provoke a rapid increase in real estate prices and promote ‘bad mobility’. Therefore experts in different countries believe that less restrictive Green Wages policy is better alternative to the rigid Green Belts. Читать далее

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Poverty Belts: World Examples

New CASE Belarus background paper describes the phenomenon of agglomeration shadow in ‘old’ industrialized as well as rapidly industrializing countries. The term ‘agglomeration shadow’ or ‘poverty belt’ is used to describe underdeveloped areas emerging around big economic and administrative centres. The background paper gives the explanations of this phenomenon and provides several solutions to the poverty belt problem. Читать далее

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Potential of the Orphanhood Prevention Measures: International Experience, Impact Assessment and Recommendations for Belarus

New CASE Belarus policy paper is focused on the economic effects which brings the orphanhood prevention programme realized by SOS Children’s Village. Econometric analysis has shown a strong correlation between SOS Children’s Village activity and the decrease in number of orphans in 2 districts of Minsk region. The policy paper enumerates main best practices in orphanhood prevention field and provides recommendations for Belarusian policy makers. Читать далее

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