Forschung, Veranstaltungen, Publikationen

Corruption in Eastern/Southeastern Europe and Latin America: Comparative Perspectives

Fifth Annual Conference of the Institute for East and Southeast European Studies
29 June – 1 July 2017, IOS Regensburg.

Seminarreihe des Arbeitsbereichs Ökonomie am IOS

Zeit: Dienstag, 13.30–15.00 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)
Programm Sommer 2017

Forschungskolloquium: „Geschichte und Sozialanthropologie Südost‐ und Osteuropas“

Zeit: Donnerstag, 14–16 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 017)
Programm Sommersemester 2017

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14. März 2017

Testosterone and Repression in Non-Democracies: Evidence from a Sample of Russian Governors

Ein Vortrag von Vladimir Kozlov (National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Moscow) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 14.3.2017
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

The presentation based on the paper that examines the role of testosterone-driven aggressive behavior in politics of non-democratic regimes and, in particular, its influence on the extent of the repressiveness of these regimes (especially repressions against entrepreneurs). To measure testosterone exposure, we apply the facial width-to-height metric (fWHR) – a standard proxy widely used in the psychological literature - and look at a sample of Russian regional governors. We find a positive relationship between the fWHR metric and the level of repression in regions of Russia. Testosterone related behavior is, however, more widespread among younger governors and among governors with shorter tenure in office. Thus, the research contributes to the recent trend of integrating insights of behavioral economics into political economics Research.

6. März 2017

Thyssen-Drittmittelprojekt ist verlängert

Die Fritz Thyssen Stiftung hat ein weiteres Jahr für das Projekt "Institutions in a Time of Extremes: Local Administration in Bessarabia and Transnistria (1939-1945)", bearbeitet von Dr. Svetlana Suveica, bewilligt. Das Projekt läuft bis zum 30.04.2018.

23. Februar 2017

Does religiosity explain economic outcomes? Publication by Olga Popova at IZA World of Labor

Popova, O. Does religiosity explain economic outcomes? IZA World of Labor 335. February 2017. DOI:

Clear patterns of religiosity exist within European countries. Some countries are experiencing a revival, while others are prone to secularization. It is important to understand the implications of this situation, since religiosity has a number of effects on economic behavior and attitudes. In particular, people with moderate religious beliefs are healthier, more productive, better educated, and seem better protected from adverse individual and countrywide events than the non-religious, while extreme religiosity may lead to adverse outcomes. These differences imply that religious and non-religious people demand and support different governmental economic policies.

21. Februar 2017

Corporate Governance and Investment: Evidence from Russian Unlisted Firms

Ein Vortrag von Carsten Sprenger (Higher School of Economics, Moskau) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 21.2.2017
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

In this paper, we investigate how firm-level indicators of corporate governance affect financing constraints, measured by the cash flow sensitivity of investment. The focus is on unlisted firms, which represent a large part of the economy, especially in emerging markets, and which are more likely to suffer from asymmetric information problems in accessing external funds for investment. We develop two original corporate governance indices based on two rounds of a large-scale survey of Russian enterprises – one for shareholder protection (including board composition and procedures) and one for transparency (including information disclosure and audit). We estimate standard investment regressions with a proxy for investment opportunities and cash flows as the main independent variables, augmented by interaction terms with our corporate governance indices and variables capturing ownership structure. The central result is that better shareholder protection diminishes the cash flow sensitivity of investment, particularly in firms with an outside controlling owner and in firms with low managerial ownership. In contrast, more transparency might even exacerbate financing constraints in some cases. We address the problem of endogeneity of corporate governance by using fixed-effects regressions and an instrumental variable approach. The latter exploits the particular legal framework in Russia where legal provisions for corporate governance depend on a firm's number of shareholders.

17. Februar 2017

Neues DAAD-Drittmittelprojekt "Korridore für Dialog durch Kooperation" am IOS

Im Rahmen des Projekts wird ein einwöchiger Workshop für Nachwuchswissenschaftler aus der Region der Östlichen Partnerschaft, Russland und Deutschland durchgeführt und zwei Forschungsstipendien vergeben.
Projektleitung: Sebastian Relitz

17. Februar 2017

IOS unterzeichnet ein Memorandum of Understanding mit der Babes-Bolyai-Universität Cluj-Napoca

Im Januar 2017 konnte das IOS ein Memorandum of Understanding mit der Babes-Bolyai-Universität Cluj-Napoca unterzeichnen, einer der führenden, besonders forschungsstarken Universitäten Rumäniens. Damit sollen die schon seit Jahren existierenden Beziehungen auf eine neue Ebene intensiver Kooperation gebracht werden. Immerhin ist etwa der Rektor der Universität, Prof. Ioan-Aurel Pop, Autor der IOS-Zeitschrift "Südost-Forschungen". Mehr zur Universität Cluj-Napoca:

16. Februar 2017

Resolving Non-Performing Loans

Ein Vortrag von Reiner Martin (European Central Bank) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 16.2.2017 (Donnerstag!)
Zeit: 10.00 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

The high stock of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the euro area as well as in other countries is an important cause for concern for policymakers. Efforts to resolve this problem have increased significantly in the course of 2016, by supervisors and macroprudential policymakers alike. To relieve capital constraints faced by many banks, these efforts should be complemented with structural reforms to recover the value of NPLs in some countries. Against this background, this presentation discusses the negative effects that large NPLs stocks can have on financial stability and the real economy, the various options available to deal with NPLs and impediments to the functioning of the NPL market, highlighting sources of information asymmetry and structural inefficiencies.

14. Februar 2017

The specific systemic problems of innovation systems in post-socialist central Europe

Ein Vortrag von Niclas Rüffer (ifm, Universität Mannheim) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 14.2.2017
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 109)

We analyse knowledge and technology transfer in the regional innovation system of a low performing Polish region in comparison with international best practice cases in Germany, the Netherlands, England, and China. We study inter-sectoral, intra-sectoral and tri-sectoral collaboration patterns of the subsystem of the triple helix (the scientific subsystem, the political subsystem, and the business community). We identify comparatively low levels of trust and social capital as central factors hampering cooperation in the Polish region confronted with the international best practice cases. We propose to introduce the analysis of trust towards public sector entities (including research institutions) and of social capital in the analysis of innovation systems in post-socialist countries.

14. Februar 2017

Der Stalin-Kult in Geschichte und Gegenwart Georgiens

Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Oliver Reisner (Tiflis).
Eine Veranstaltung der Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien in Kooperation mit dem IOS.
Datum: Dienstag, 14.02.2017
Zeit: 16-18 Uhr
Ort: WiOS, Landshuter Str. 4 (Raum 017)

14. Februar 2017

Eine Online-Publikation von Sabine Rutar bei dem Digitalisierungsprojekt der „Narodna Bibliotkea Bor“

Сабине Рутар, Рад и преживљавање у Србији: борски рудник бакра у Другом светском рату (Специјално издање часописа Бележница, бр. 3), Народна библиотека Бор, 2017

Sabine Rutar, Rad i preživljanvanje u Srbiju: Borski rudnik bakra u Drugom svetskom ratu (Specijalno izdanje časopisa Beležnica, br. 3), Narodna biblioteka Bor, 2017.

Es handelt sich um eine Übersetzung ins Serbische des Aufsatzes Arbeit und Überleben in Serbien. Das Kupfererzbergwerk Bor im Zweiten Weltkrieg, Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 31. Jahrg., H. 1: Arbeitseinsatz und Zwangsarbeit im besetzten Europa (Jan. - Mar., 2005), pp. 101-134.

Der Text erscheint als Teil des weiter gefassten und auf Materialien jenseits von Büchern fokussierten Digitalisierungsprojektes der „Narodna Bibliotkea Bor“, das seit 2007 läuft, aber erst kürzlich mit einem Pilotprojekt der Digitalisate online gehen konnte.

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