On March 10th, 2021 the official opening of the EU-funded ITN project "MARKETS" took place. At the University of Bremen, the project is coordinated by Michael Rochlitz (FB 7) and Heiko Pleines (Research Centre for East European Studies), with a budget of 505,576 euros over three years.
The Innovative Training Network (ITN) "MARKETS: Mapping Uncertainties, Challenges and Future Opportunities of Emerging Markets - Informal Barriers, Business Environments and Future Trends in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia" is supported by an MSCA grant of the European Union, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 initiative. The project is coordinated by Dublin City University, in cooperation with the University of Bremen, University College London (United Kingdom), Universiteit Maastricht (Netherlands), University of Helsinki (Finland), Stockholm School of Economics in Riga (Latvia), Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (Estonia), and the Centre for Social Sciences (Georgia). The project comprises 15 PhD students in 9 countries, and is supported by a grant of 3 925 791 euro from the EU.
At the University of Bremen, two PhD students financed by the ITN network, Ekaterina Vorobeva and Michael Richter, work in the research group of institutional economics and the Research Centre for East European Studies, to examine how informal institutions affect economic outcomes in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Central Asia.