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Limited Interest Rates on Loans failed to Help South Africa

The Russian Government is discussing a proposal on the administrative limitation of maximum interest rates on consumer loans. One of Russia’s partners in BRICS – South Africa – already has experience of such a solution. The HSE Center of Development published an analysis of this case in its ‘Banks: Statistics and Economics’ newsletter.

The Demographic Echo of War

The Second World War ended on September 2, 1945. A new study of human losses suffered by the Soviet Union and their consequences for subsequent generations was published in Demoscope Weekly, an HSE online journal.

The HSE Launches ‘The Institute of Precedent’ Website

The project aims to comprehensively cover the role of courts in the development of law and promote the integration of Russian court practice into the international information environment.

Anti-School Attitudes Depend on the Immediate Environment

A child’s attitude towards school is formed by his parents and classmates. And, according to a new study published in Voprosy Obrazovaniya (Education Issues) magazine, the type of school doesn’t have a significant influence on his or her view.

The Intellectuals on Contemporary Humanities Disciplines

The Congress 100th Anniversary of Russian Formalism (1913-2013) is being held by the leading Russian humanities centers, including the Higher School of Economics and Russian State University for the Humanities on August, 25-29, 2013, in Moscow.

The Solar System and the Asteroid Threat

On September 11-13, 2013, an international seminar “The Solar System and the Asteroid Threat” will take place at the HSE. Mark Boslough, Professor at the University of New Mexico and a member of the technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories, and Roberto Furfaro, Professor at the University of Arizona and the head of the Space Systems Engineering Laboratory, will speak on the issues. The event is being organized by the Research Laboratory of Space Research, Technologies, Systems, and Processes at the HSE. Mark Boslough gave a special interview to the HSE news service.

HSE Researchers about the Summer School in London School of Economics

Kirill Zhirkov, LCSR, HSE St. Petersburg Campus, research fellow took part in the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)  Summer School at the course ‘The Middle East in Global Politics’. That’s his impressions on the international summer school which was possible due to the LCSR financial support.

Sociology is becoming a civic movement

The annual conference of the American Sociological Association was in New York this year. Among the 6,000 specialists discussing the current state of social sciences and society were 18 academics from the HSE.

Attempts to Control Retail Are Futile

For a long time, retail in Russia developed without interference from government regulators, but the situation has changed dramatically in recent years. The state is now actively trying to control this sphere, but the effectiveness of such attempts is questionable, asserts Vadim Radaev in his recent paper.

Government and Business in search of a new balance

The Kremlin wants to change its relations with the business elites. While one part of the ‘government vertical’ hopes to maintain the status-quo of the mid-2000s, another one trying to broaden the social base of government to include medium-sized businesses. But if the bureaucrats want to win support and improve the investment climate in Russia, representatives of other elites need to be drawn into the discussion.