The working groups of Michael Rochlitz and Jutta Günther – both closely connected to Higher School of Economics Moscow – will organise the event. The workshop will take an interdisciplinary perspective on questions such as leadership, corruption, education, public opinion, and their relation to economic development in post-socialist countries. It will also give a chance to present current research about East Germany and its long way to converge with West Germany (Mod-Block-DDR project). Well known keynote speakers are invited from Kings College London (Gulnaz Sharafutdinova) and from the University of Gothenburg (Marina Nistotskaya).
ICSID is the “International Center for the Study of Institutions and Development”, led by Andrei Yakovlev (HSE Moscow) and Timothy M. Frye (Columbia University), specialising in institutional and comparative economics as well as international political science. Researchers at ICSID come from the Institute for Industrial and Market Studies (IIMS) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics Moscow and the Harriman Institute (Columbia University) as well as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Emory University, the George Washington University, and New York University Abu Dhabi.