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Russia’s Innovation Powerhouses

Russia’s Innovation Powerhouses
HSE released its fifth Russian Regional Innovation Ranking, based on the 2015 findings, at a press conference hosted by TASS. Almost half Russia’s regions are relatively stable in terms of innovative development: their positions in the ranking have not changed significantly.

Graduate Salary Expectations in Russia

Graduate Salary Expectations in Russia
Students of engineering and economics, undergraduates of state universities, high performers, young people from wealthier families, and those working part-time while at university tend to expect higher salaries upon graduation.

How Bank Names Affect Depositor Behaviour

How Bank Names Affect Depositor Behaviour
A bank's name can get send customers a signal about its ownership. For Russian consumers, a foreign-sounding name suggests foreign ownership and potential higher risks of losing their savings, according to Maria Semenova and Antonina Kozlova's study 'Foreign Banks and Market Discipline in the Russian Market for Personal Deposits: What's in a Name'.

Female Employees with Children Pay 'Motherhood Penalty'

Female Employees with Children Pay 'Motherhood Penalty'
Working mothers tend to earn, on average, 4.1% less than women without children, but this difference in pay – often termed a 'motherhood penalty' – only affects mothers with younger children: employers do not usually ‘penalise’ those whose children have grown up. Svetlana Biryukova and Alla Makarentseva examine possible reasons for this pay difference in the paper 'New Estimates of Motherhood Penalty in Russia'.

Why We See Less Eroticism in Movies

Why We See Less Eroticism in Movies
The stronger the emancipative values ​​of freedom, equality and autonomy in a society are, the more accepting it is of nudity in films. Violetta Korsunova and Olesya Volchenko examined the relationship between changing value orientations and the number of released films with adult content.

Altruism Is Changing Western Society

Altruism Is Changing Western Society
Altruism based on individual values is changing Western society. People in Western countries have seen a rise in individualism for quite some time, and this in turn helps to create generations of people with altruistic mindsets. Christian Welzel, Chief Research Fellow in the Laboratory for Comparative Social Research (HSE and Leuphana University of Lüneburg), teamed up with researchers from the University of Lausanne to conduct a study showing the connection between emancipative values and prosocial behaviour. The results of the study were published in the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

A View from the Outside: Hipster and the City

A View from the Outside: Hipster and the City
In their study Hipsters in Russian Capital and Provinces: Legitimation of Social Phenomenon, Leda Skobeleva and Maria Plotnikova use responses from young people interviewed in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod to construct the profile of a hipster. According to respondents in both cities, being a hipster is a fashion rather than a subculture or socio-political movement. Young people in Moscow and Nizhny Novgorod were also unanimous in describing typical hipster appearances and behaviour, such as preference for eco-fashion and organic food, as well as a peculiar mixture of high-end brands and sloppy ‘bomzh-style’ clothes.

How Terrorist Attacks Hit Stock Markets

How Terrorist Attacks Hit Stock Markets
Terrorist attacks can have a paralysing effect on stock index dynamics, but market participants can cut their losses by not succumbing to panic.

How to Prevent Lying and Drinking in Teens, According to Research

How to Prevent Lying and Drinking in Teens, According to Research
Adolescents who have a greater tendency to lie to their parents are also more likely to start using alcohol at an earlier age, while excessive parental supervision may aggravate rather than solve the problem. Both honesty and a lower risk of developing a drinking habit are usually the result of a trusting relationship between a teenager and parents, according to a joint study by New York University and HSE researchers, published at Journal of Adolescence.

Hedonism versus Harmony: Wrong Image of Happiness in Commercials

Hedonism versus Harmony: Wrong Image of Happiness in Commercials
Happiness and harmony are the two mantras of most commercials. "Buy this stuff, and it'll make you happier," they promise. Yet they do not always succeed in increasing sales. One of the reasons may be that advertisers and their audiences have different views on happiness. While the former tend to reduce happiness to hedonism, pleasure-seeking and satisfying one’s desires here and now, the latter often refuse to limit happiness to simple enjoyment.