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Research Groups

— Educational Strategies of Students
— Аcademic Profession
Human Capital, Institutions, and Development
— Students' Social Networks and Performance
— Research on Higher Education Research
— Economics of Public Procurement
Banks and Banking: Institutions and Markets
— Institutions Matter
— Historical Roots and Economic Significance of Social Capital

Educational Strategies of Students

The aim of this group is to analyze educational strategies of high school graduates and university students. We pay attention to the features of transition from school to university under the Unified State Examination (the USE). Current scientific projects cover the following topics: the analysis of efficiency of pre-entry coaching, the accessibility of elite higher education in Russia, the influence of the USE on educational trajectories of students, the analysis of student mobility, the analysis of educational strategies of students and factors which predict the probability of dropout from university.
MAIN publications
— Prakhov, I. (2016). The Unified State Examination and the Determinants of Academic Achievement: Does Investment in Pre-Entry Coaching Matter? Urban Education, 51(5), 556–583. 
— Prakhov I. A., Yudkevich M. M. Admission Policy in Contemporary Russia: Recent Changes, Expected Outcomes, and Potential Winners, in: International Perspectives on Higher Education Admission Policy: A Reder. NY : Peter Lang Publishing Inc., 2015. P. 83-100.
— Ampilogov A. I., Prakhov I. A., Yudkevich M. M. One or Many? Using the New Opportunities of the Unified State Exam in Russian University Admissions // Widening Participation and Lifelong Learning. 2014. Vol. 16. No. 1. P. 34-49.
— Prakhov I. A. The Barriers Of Access To Elite Higher Education In Russia / Working papers by NRU Higher School of Economics. Series EDU "Education". 2014. No. 19.
— Prakhov I. A. The Dynamics Of Investment In Pre-Entry Coaching And The Returns From Private Tutoring In Russia / Working papers by NRU Higher School of Economics. Series EDU "Education". 2014. No. 18.

Researchers: Maria Yudkevich, Ilya Prakhov, Anna Panova
Contact person: Ilya Prakhov

Academic Profession

The research group studies features of the academic profession. The group’s area of interest includes academic inbreeding,  academic mobility, effective contracts, academic efficiency, profession and university commitment. We study both Russian and international professors.
In 2012 the Group held the Russian part of the international research project Changing Academic Profession (CAP).
Currenly the Group is working on a new international research project - The Academic Profession in the Knowledge-based Society (APIKS).
— International Faculty in Higher Education. Comparative Perspectives on Recruitment, Integration, and Impact / Ed. by M. M. Yudkevich, L. E. Rumbley, P. G. Altbach. Routledge, 2017.
The Global Academic Rankings Game. Changing Institutional Policy, Practice, and Academic Life / Ed. by P. G. Altbach, M. M. Yudkevich, L. E. Rumbley. Routledge, 2016.
— Horta H., Yudkevich M. M. The role of academic inbreeding in developing higher education systems: Challenges and possible solutions. Technological Forecasting and Social Change. 2016. No. 113, Part B. P. 363-372.
— Lovakov A. Antecedents of organizational commitment among faculty: an exploratory study. Tertiary Education and Management. 2016. Vol. 22. No. 2. P. 149-170.
— Yudkevich M. M., Altbach P., Rumbley L. E. (Eds.). Young faculty in the 21st century: International Perspectives. NY, Albany: State University of New York Press, 2015.
— Altbach P. G., Yudkevich M., Rumbley L. E. (Eds.). Academic Inbreeding and Mobility in Higher Education. Global Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015.
— Yudkevich M. M. The Russian University: recovery and rehabilitation // Studies in Higher Education. 2014. Vol. 39(8). P. 1463–1474. doi:10.1080/03075079.2014.949537
— Altbach P. G., Reisberg L., Yudkevich M. M., Androuschak G. V., Kuzminov Y. I. The Global Future of Higher Education and the Academic Profession: The BRICs and the United States. Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
— Altbach P. G., Reisberg L., Yudkevich M. M., Androuschak G. V., Pacheco I. Paying the Professoriate: A Global Comparison of Compensation and Contracts. L.: Routledge, 2012.

Researchers: Maria Yudkevich, Olga Alipova, Andrey Lovakov, Anna Panova, Ilya PrakhovLada LitvinovaStanislav Avdeev, Ekaterina Vakshinskaya, Elvira Nasekina
Contact person: Мaria Yudkevich

Human Capital, Institutions, and Development

This group focuses on key factors of sustainable economic growth with a special emphasize on developmental problems of transition economies. It investigates fundamental causes of economic growth, using interdisciplinary approach, combining insights from history, psychology and biology within the strong methodological frames of economics, econometrics and other dimensions of statistical analysis. Applied research is mainly focused on education and regional socio-economic development in Russia, with specific accents on institutions and development of labor markets. Research output of the group is aimed at not only pure theoretical contribution to the field of development economics, but also at providing grounded recommendations for policy of sustainable economic growth.
Among the variety of different research topics and research question of the group are the following: Determinants of urban-rural wage inequality and regional price integration in Russia at the beginning of XXI century; Measuring contribution of biological factors to human capital formation; Factors of formation and dynamics of individual market-liberal values in transition economies; Exploration of factors of institutional factors of human capital quality; Social mobility and education before and after the Great October Socialist revolution in Russia; Determinants of trust in transition.
— Nye, J. V. C., Bryukhanov, M., & Polyachenko, S. (2019). 2D:4D and individual satisfaction: Evidence from the Russian social survey. // Personality and Individual Differences. Vol. 142. P. 85-89.
— Nye J. V., Bruhanov M., Kochergina E. V., Orel E., Polyachenko S. S., Yudkevich M. M. 
The effects of prenatal testosterone on wages: Evidence from Russia // Economics and Human Biology. 2017. Vol. 24. P. 43-60.
— Semenova M., Andrievskaya I. 
Does biological endowment matter for demand for financial services? Evidence from 2D:4D ratio in the Russian household survey // Personality and Individual Differences. 2017. Vol. 104. P. 155-165
— Desierto D. A., Nye J. V. Prohibition vs. Taxation in Corrupt Environments.  Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE).
— Avner G., Kiesling L., Nye J. Institutions, Innovation, and Industrialization: Essays in Economic History and Development. // Economics Books 1. Princeton University Press, 2015. 
— Nye J., Orel E. The Influence of Prenatal Hormones on Occupational Choice: 2D: 4D Evidence from Moscow. // Personality and Individual Differences. 2015. Vol. 78. P. 39–42. 
— Johnson, Noel D. & Nye, John V.C., 2011. "Does fortune favor dragons?," Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Elsevier, vol. 78(1-2), pages 85-97, April.
— Nye J. V., Vasilyeva O. When does local political competition lead to more public goods?: Evidence from Russian regions // Journal of Comparative Economics. 2015. Vol. 43. No. 3. P. 650-676
— Al-Ubaydli O., Houser D., Nye J., Paganelli M., Pan X. The Causal Effect of Market Priming on Trust: An Experimental Investigation Using Randomized Control. // PloS One. 2013. Vol. 8 (3). Public Library of Science: e55968. 
— Nye J., Androuschak G., Desierto D., Jones G., Yudkevich M. 2D: 4D Asymmetry and Gender Differences in Academic Performance. // PloS One. 2012. Vol. 7 (10). Public Library of Science: e46319. 
— Desierto D. A., Nye J. V. The Evolution of Institutions: the medium, the long, and the ultra-long, run // Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics. 2011. No. 167(4). P. 613-629.

Researchers: John V. C. Nye, Maxim BrukhanovVictor VeterinarovDias Akhmetmekov, Ekaterina Fadeeva
Contact person: John V. C. Nye

Students' Social Networks and Performance

How does student social environment affect their behavior, attitudes, and academic achievements in the university? In this study, we answer this question using data about student social and advice social networks. We show how student social network form, how they change over time, and how they influence student performance and behavior.
— Dokuka S., Krasnov F., Yavorskiy R. The Structure of Organization: the Coauthorship Network Case, in: Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts. 5th International Conference, AIST 2016, Yekaterinburg, Russia, April 7-9, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Communications in Computer and Information Science  / Ed. by D. I. Ignatov, M. Y. Khachay, V. Labunets, N. V. Loukachevitch, S. I. Nikolenko, A. Panchenko, A. V. Savchenko, K. V. Vorontsov. Vol. 661. Switzerland : Springer International Publishing, 2017.
— Dokuka S., Valeeva D., Yudkevich M. M. Homophily Evolution in Online Networks: Who is a Good Friend and When? in: Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts. 5th International Conference, AIST 2016, Yekaterinburg, Russia, April 7-9, 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Communications in Computer and Information Science / Ed. by M. Y. Khachay, N. Konstantinova, A. Panchenko, D. I. Ignatov, V. Labunets. Vol. 661. Switzerland : Springer International Publishing, 2016. P. 83-92.
— Dokuka S., Valeeva D., Yudkevich M. M. Formation and evolution mechanisms in online network of students: the Vkontakte case, in: Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts. 4th International Conference, AIST 2015, Yekaterinburg, Russia, April 9–11, 2015, Revised Selected Papers  / Ed. by M. Y. Khachay, N. Konstantinova, A. Panchenko, D. I. Ignatov, V. Labunets. Vol. 542: Series: Communications in Computer and Information Science. Switzerland : Springer International Publishing, 2015. P. 263-274.
— Dokuka S., Valeeva D., Yudkevich M. M. The Diffusion of Academic Achievements: Social Selection and Influence in Student Networks / NRU Higher School of Economics. Series SOC "Sociology". 2015. No. WP BRP 65/SOC/2015.
— Dokuka, S., Valeeva, D., & Yudkevich, M. (2015). Formation and Evolution Mechanisms in Online Network of Students: The Vkontakte Case. In M. Y. Khachay, N. Konstantinova, A. Panchenko, D. I. Ignatov, & V. G. Labunets (Eds.), Analysis of Images, Social Networks and Texts SE - 26 (Vol. 542, pp. 263–274). Springer International Publishing.
— Poldin O., Valeeva D., Yudkevich M. Choice of specialization: do peers matter? // Applied Economics. 2015. Vol. 47. No. 44. P. 4728-4740.
— Androuschak G. V., Poldin O. V., Yudkevich M. M. Role of peers in student academic achievement in exogenously formed university groups // Educational Studies. 2013. Vol. 39. No. 5. P. 568-581.

Researchers: Maria YudkevichNataliya Matveeva
Contact person: Maria Yudkevich 

Research on Higher Education Research

Higher education is described by many scholars as a “field” rather than a “discipline.” Higher education research area is represented by scientists from various disciplines (economics, sociology, psychology, etc.) with different types of undergraduate degrees, theoretical approaches and methodologies they use.
The field of higher education is built through conferences, seminars, publication of books and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Most of the time, journals are considered to be the peak achievement and final word in the scientific community. Academic journals are the essential collaboration and communication platforms for scientists, policy makers and professionals where they present their research and significant outputs. Journals are highly credible and an authoritative source of information, therefore, they are used to evaluate not only individuals and institutions but also countries on measures of academic and research performance.
However, features of higher education research area, particularly journals, have been understudied. We analyse the contemporary state of higher education field through peer-reviewed journals. Further details and results will be forthcoming.

— Lovakov A., Yudkevich M.
CHER 31st Annual Conference: Differentiation and Integration in Higher Education: Patterns and Dynamics (Moscow)
Presentation: Higher Education Research: Post-Soviet Publication Landscape
— Lovakov A., Yudkevich M.
IX International Russian Higher Education Conference (RHEC) (Moscow)
Presentation: Higher Education Research: The Post-Soviet Publication Landscape

Researchers: Maria Yudkevich, Andrey LovakovStanislav Avdeev, Polina Bogdanova
Contact person: Maria Yudkevich

Economics of Public Procurement

Public procurement is a vast field for both theoretical and empirical research. Our research group studies the problems that are common at various stages of procurement process - from the selection of sellers, through the peculiarities of different procedures, to opportunistic behavior during the contract performance. We also analyze the institutional features of the environment, in which public procurement takes place. For the empirical research we collect and use the unique database of public procurement in Russian regions.
— Detkova P., Podkolzina E., Tkachenko A. Corruption, Centralization and Competition: Evidence from Russian Public Procurement. Special Issue in IJPA. Forthcoming 2018.
— L. Corazzini, S. Galavotti and R. Sausgruber, P. Valbonesi. "Allotment in First-Price Auctions: an experimental investigation", Experimental Economics, forthcoming. DOI: .
— M. Nicolini and C. Scarpa, P. Valbonesi. "Determinants of State Aid to Firms: The case of the European Car Industry", Industrial and Corporate Change, forthcoming. DOI: 10.1093/icc/dtw023.
— D. Coviello, L. Moretti and G. Spagnolo, P. Valbonesi. "Court Efficiency and Procurement Performance", Scandinavian Journal of Economics, forthcoming, DOI: 10.1111/sjoe.12225.
— L. Moretti, P. Valbonesi. "Firms' Qualifications and Subcontracting in Public Procurement: An Empirical Investigation", Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization, 31(3), pp. 568-598, 2015. DOI: .
— Ostrovnaya, M. & Podkolzina, E. (2015). Antitrust Enforcement in Public Procurement: the Сase of Russia // Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 11(2), 331–352.

Researchers: Paola ValbonesiElena PodkolzinaAnna Belsevich, Ilya Vas'kin, Alexey Samkov
Contact person: Еlena Podkolzina

Banks and Banking: Institutions and Markets

Using instruments of institutional analysis in banking sector is rather promising. The information asymmetry paradigm, the theory of hold-up and rent-seeking, the trust and social capital concepts – all these allow for a new insight into the problems of the existence of banks, their relationships with lenders, borrowers, regulators and supervisors. Our projects deal with different aspects banking (including various banking markets, as well as regulation issues) and households’ financial behavior in Russia and other emerging economies, as well as in a cross-country prospective.
— Semenova M., Andrievskaya I. Does biological endowment matter for demand for financial services? Evidence from 2D:4D ratio in the Russian household survey // Personality and Individual Differences. 2017. Vol. 104. P. 155-165.
— Semenova M., Andrievskaya I. Does banking system transparency enhance bank competition? Cross-country evidence // Journal of Financial Stability. 2016. Vol. 23. P. 33-50.
— Semenova M., Kulikova V. Informal Loans in Russia: Why Not to Borrow from a Bank? // Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies. 2016. Vol. 19. No. 3. P. 1650016-1-1650016-41.
— Semenova M., Andrievskaya I. K. 
Market Discipline in the Interbank Market: Evidence from Russia // Eastern European Economics. 2015. Vol. 53. No. 2. P. 69-98.
— Semenova M., Savchenko P. V. Sitting on the fence: does having a ‘dual-director’ add to bank profitability? // Applied Economics Letters. 2015. Vol. 22. No. 8. P. 654-657.
— Pyle W., Schoors K., Semenova M., Yudaeva K. Bank Depositor Behavior in Russia in the Aftermath of Financial Crisis // Eurasian Geography and Economics. 2012. Vol. 53. No. 2. P. 267-284.
— Semenova M. Market discipline and banking system transparency: Do we need more information? //Journal of Banking Regulation. 2012. Vol. 13. No. 3. P. 241-248.
— Semenova M. Information Sharing in Credit Markets: Incentives for Incorrect Information Reporting //The Journal of Comparative Economic Studies. 2008. Vol. 50. No. 3. P. 381-415.

Researchers: Maria Semenova
Contact person: Мaria Semenova

Institutions Matter

Through a number of research projects this group analyses the influence of various institutions in different parts of the world and regions of Russia on different aspects of economics and societry.
— Polischuk L., Syunyaev G. Ruling elites’ rotation and asset ownership: implications for property rights. Public Choice. 2015. Vol. 162. No. 1. P. 159-182.
— Polischuk L. Institutional Performance, in: The Oxford Handbook of the Russian Economy / Ed. by S. Weber, M. V. Alexeev. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2013. P. 189-220.

Researchers: Leonid Polishchuk, Igor Shagalov
Contact person: Leonid Polischuk

Historical Roots and Economic Significance of Social Capital

Payoff to social capital is often hard to grasp due to ambiguity of the concept and dearth of reliable data. In a cluster of interconnected projects we isolate specific varieties and forms of the capacity for collective action and explore how those are connected to social and economic outcomes. By taking into account multi-faceted nature of social capital we are able to get a more refined and precise vision of the role and impact of social capital, and to observe in some circumstances its “dark side”. We also explore social capital’s origins which are often rooted in remote or recent history; this is due to culture’s transmission from one generation to the other. Social capital also bears the imprints of various historic shocks which can be treated as “natural experiments”. We seek to identify the impact on social capital in the contemporary Russian society of WWII and economic and political reforms of the early 1990s.
— Natkhov T. Colonization and development: the long-term effect of Russian settlement in the North Caucasus, 1890-2000s. Journal of Comparative Economics. 2014

Researchers: Leonid Polishchuk, Elena Gaber
Contact person: Leonid Polischuk


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