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The institute for Urban Economics in 2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report

The Institute For Urban Economics was ranked 45th in the rating of the "Top Social Policy Think Tanks" and 50th in the "Top Think Tanks in Central and Eastern Europe".  2018 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report. The TTCSP works with leading scholars and practitioners from think tanks and universities in a variety of collaborative efforts and programs, and produces the annual... more

Housing and urban planning policies in Russian cities: weak support

Russian cities currently feel the utmost need both for improving the affordability of housing and upgrading its quality, enhancing the beautification of the urban environment. Achieving the housing policy objectives necessitates a considerable update of urban planning policy which is currently characterized by minimum urban planning regulations and inadequate enforcement of those in place.... more

A monograph on “Economic Urbanization”, written by IUE’s experts as part of their scientific activity in NRU HSE, has been published

The monograph deals with a highly relevant subject in today’s Russia - development of cities. The subject, however, is of importance not only for Russia. In this historic period the role of cities in regional, national, and even global economic development has been growing significantly all over the world. The authors, therefore, took the liberty of adding to the book’s title a rather provocative... more

Nadezhda Kosareva, President of IUE, has been awarded the International Leontief Medal for Contribution to Economic Reforms, thus becoming the Laureate 2018

On February 16th, 2019, Nadezhda Kosareva, President of IUE, has been honored with the International Leontief Medal for Contribution to Economic Reforms and became the Laureate for the year 2018. Nadezhda Kosareva has been awarded for her outstanding achievements in reforming the housing sector of Russia’s economy. In February 2005, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of V. Leontief, the... more

Transforming the organisation of urban systems in Russia was the focus of a panel discussion held by IUE as part of the 10th Saburov Readings

On February 14th, 2019, IUE held a 'round-table’ event “Transforming the Organisation of Urban Systems in Russia: Latent Potential for or Fundamental Constraints to Economic Development?” as part of the 10th Saburov Readings. Nadezhda Kosareva, President, IUE, moderated the event. She noticed that this year the anniversary of Saburov Readings has been taking place under the general theme “... more

The Institute for Urban Economics presented its 2018 highlights of the activities funded through the IUE Endowment

The IUE Endowment was established in 2013.  It has been used for to finance our research programs, as well as activities related to designing analytical, methodological and legal support components required for implementation of new mechanisms in the housing, utility, town planning and other areas. Key projects carried out in 2018, along with recommendations designed by the IUE’s... more

The Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities of RF (Minstroi of Russia) suggests that investors be compensated for up to a quarter of their costs incurred in resettling residents from hazardous housing, - Nadezhda Kosareva, IUE President, comments

“The approach itself – with compensation for the investors’ costs — is perfectly sensible”, says Nadezhda Kosareva, President of IUE. Investors, however, think ‘on a large scale’. They are rarely satisfied with ‘one-off’ projects, unless these are in central zones (especially where town-planning regulations allow to produce more dwelling space than today). “The most investment attractive... more

Removing barriers is a necessary step on the path towards promoting competition in management of multi-unit apartment buildings

On January 21, 2018, Irina Gentsler, Director of Urban Economy Department, IUE, spoke at a meeting held at the Federal Council. According to the expert, there is a need to shift from licensing of management organizations, which consists, in fact, in confirming the right to manage a certain apartment building, to confirming professional skills and competence of such organizations, in general.... more

“Whether housing cooperatives and housing construction cooperatives could be an alternative to mortgage loans and a way of self-organization of people?” – according to “Argumenty i Fakty”, a weekly, with an expert opinion offered by Nadezhda Kosareva, IUE

I would consider housing construction cooperatives (HCC) as an additional option for improvement of housing conditions, along with a purchase of dwellings with mortgage loans. All the more so, since HCC also need bank loans, like mortgages, so that their members could acquire equity (a cooperative share). However, there still remain many outstanding legal and financial issues, in particular... more

On January 20, the Mono-Town Development Fund will introduce a new passport of the program designed to support the settlements – as reported by with comments by Alexander Puzanov, Director General, IUE

This means, in fact, a systematic work with investors being involved and with a unified register of mono-towns communications platforms planned to be created, which has never been done before. It is also important and new, as envisaged by the program, to engage more proactively with local mainstays. “It is not clear to what extent the current support tools can change the policy regarding mono-... more