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Vaccination progress and the opening up of economies

11 August 2021
Policy brief: In this brief, we report on the FREE network webinar on the state of vaccinations and the challenges ahead for opening up economies while containing the pandemic, held on June 22, 2021.

New research explores how everyday practices of hospitality help Syrian refugees maintain a sense of self and belonging while living as ‘displaced persons’

28 July 2021
New research from the House of Innovation explores how displaced persons living in extreme precarity engage in mundane everyday organizing practices in order to become recognized as subjects who matter.

A fresh look at whistleblower rewards

18 June 2021
Working paper: In recent years we have seen a rapid increase in legislation governing, protecting, and rewarding whistleblowers. More recently, EU enacted a directive protecting whistleblowers, the US has gone one step further long ago. In this paper, SITE researchers review the evidence for the effectiveness of US whistleblower reward programs and consider some recent novelties.

Reopening soon? Eastern Europe in the post COVID-19 world

14 June 2021
How will countries in Eastern Europe, the Baltic Sea region, and the Caucasus region handles the opening of their respective borders and what is the next step in the socioeconomic aspects?

Development aid – what do research say about its effects and potential?

02 June 2021
In Ekonomisk Debatt, SITE researcher Anders Olofsgård sheds light into what we can learn about the effectiveness of development aid from literatures at the macro, micro and meso- levels. What are we talking about when we talk about development aid?

Difficult times ahead for the Belarus economy

28 May 2021
Policy brief: The Belarus economy was already struggling to generate growth before both the corona pandemic and the political protests following the August presidential election. The lack of growth was the result of an incomplete transition process to modernize the economy combined with a strong reliance on the Russian economy and its dependence on international commodity prices that have not paid off in recent years. With the added political turmoil and, so far, lack of a new political and economic strategy, the economic outlook for Belarus looks grim. Even if a full-blown crisis may be avoided by restrictive economic policies, stagnation will nevertheless be the most likely outcome without fundamental reforms.

The southern Urals as a touchstone for Soviet wartime performance

27 May 2021
Policy brief: As time passes and archives open, ever more topics in Russian military-economic history can be studied with primary sources. One such theme is the colossal evacuation of industrial enterprises and equipment from July 1941 onwards. Thousands of railway cars and lorries carried equipment, raw materials, as well as personnel from Ukraine, the Baltics, and western regions of the Russian Federation to the Urals and beyond.

Does the Russian stock market care about Navalny?

20 April 2021
Policy brief: Alexei Navalny is the most prominent opposition leader in Russia today. During 2020, he entered not only the domestic Russian news flows, but was a major news story around the world following his horrific Novichok poisoning in August. This brief investigates the response in the Russian stock market to news about Navalny.

What would have happened if Sweden had imposed a lockdown?

19 April 2021
Working paper: SITE researcher Giancarlo Spagnolo together with co-authors compare different indicators of the spread and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, developing a novel method to adjust daily COVID-19 deaths to match weekly excess mortality. Focusing on Sweden, the only country that has good data and did not impose a lockdown. What would have happened if Sweden did impose a lockdown back in 2020?

Surprised by wirecard? Enablers of corporate wrongdoing in Europe

09 April 2021
Working paper: The last two decades have uncovered a concerning range of corporate wrongdoing by large European firms in a wide variety of industries. What has driven European firms to engage in such systematic wrongdoing? In this article, SITE researcher Giancarlo Spagnolo and co-author Theo Nyreröd use data on US investigations to identify the European countries hosting most corporate wrongdoers.
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