XI International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development. Moscow, 6-8 April 2010
On April 6-8, 2010, Moscow is hosting the XI HSE International Academic Conference on Economic and Social Development Problems sponsored by The State University- Higher School of Economics with support of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Over the first decade of it existence, the Conference has become one of the major annual economic events. Today it is a respectable international forum for discussion of the most important economic and social issues. It is a characteristic feature of our April Conference that the university grounds offer an opportunity for constructive dialogue between theorists and practitioners, representatives of the authorities, business and the academia, between Russian and foreign experts.
The National Prize in Applied Economics will be awarded for the first time this year within the framework of the Conference, and the leading subjects will be "Companies and Markets" and "Preserving the People."
Why did we decide in favour of "Companies and Markets" this year? Because Russian markets do not function efficiently. We have weak competition, on the one hand, and quite substantial interference from the state, on the other.
Our second subject, which we called "Preserving the People," using Alexander Solzhenitsyn's words, touches upon one of the most complicated problems - population decline which should be compensated primarily by growing productivity and constant flow of investment. The value of human life increases manyfold.
The third day of the Conference will begin with Yegor Gaidar memorial session. There will be reports on his activity as a reformer and on his scientific heritage.
We believe that this XI Conference will show the achievements of the Russian academics and the continuing process of integration of the Russian science into global science.
Programme Committee Chairman Evgeny Yasin