Research – Events - Publications

Call for papers: “Nationalism from Below: Popular Responses to Nation-Building Projects in Bessarabia, Transnistria, Moldova”

Leibniz Institute for East and Southeast European Studies (IOS) (in partnership with Plural Forum for Interdisciplinary Studies, Republic of Moldova)
Dates: October 1-2, 2021
: “Hybrid” - IOS Regensburg and ZOOM
Call for papers
Submission deadline: July 1, 2021.

Call for papers: The economics of populism: Drivers and consequences

13th Joint IOS/APB/EACES Summer Academy on Central and Eastern Europe.
Dates: July 5–7, 2021
Location: Tutzing, Lake Starnberg, Germany. Should the pandemic prohibit an offline meeting, the event will be organized in an online or mixed format.
Call for papers
Submission deadline: April 30, 2021.

Economics Lecture Series

Time: Tuesdays, 3-4.30 pm
Place: IOS, until further notice via ZOOM, Registration.

Research Laboratory “History and Social Anthropology of (South) East Europe”

Time: Thursdays, 2-4 or 4-6 pm
Place: IOS, until further notice via ZOOM

Ringvorlesungen CITAS: Area Studies und Raum vom Globalen Süden her neu denken

Sommersemester 2021
Zeit: donnerstags, 18:15-19:45
Ort: online via Zoom

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13. April 2021

Russians’ “Impressionable Years”: Life Experience during the Exit from Communism and Putin-Era Beliefs

Ein Vortrag von William Pyle (Middlebury College) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 13. April 2021
Zeit: 15.00 Uhr
Ort: Online via Zoom, Anmeldung

This article links Russians’ individual experiences during the late-Gorbachev and early-Yeltsin years to beliefs they espoused in the Putin era, over a decade later. Drawing on the 2006 wave of the Life in Transition Survey, I show that a range of attitudes – including diminished support for markets and democracy and stronger support for reducing inequality – can be explained by whether an individual suffered labor market hardships in the half decade from 1989 to 1994. Subsequent labor market disruptions, surprisingly, bear no such relationship to beliefs in 2006. Relative to the rest of the former Soviet Union, this pattern is unique. Though an explanation is difficult to pin down, one speculative hypothesis is that for Russians, individual economic hardship, in conjunction with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, may have been particularly disorienting. Life experiences during those years of instability, uncertainty, and diminished status may have left a uniquely enduring impression.

13. April 2021
Book Presentation

Autor*innengespräch in der Reihe "HOT OFF THE PRESS"

Annina Gagyiova: "Vom Gulasch zum Kühlschrank. Privater Konsum zwischen Eigensinn und Herrschaftssicherung im sozialistischen Ungarn (1956-1989)"
Visar Nonaj: "Albaniens Schwerindustrie als zweite Befreiung? ´Der Stahl der Partei´als Mikrokosmos des Kommunismus".

Moderation: Ulf Brunnbauer (IOS) und Konrad Clewing (IOS)
Kooperationspartner: Graduiertenschule für Ost- und Südosteuropastudien
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Datum: Dienstag, 13. April 2021
Zeit: 16 Uhr
Ort: online / via ZOOM  (

15. April 2021

COVID-19 Vaccines Effectiveness and Public Support for Anti-Pandemic Measures

Ein Vortrag von Denis Ivanov (National Research University - Higher School of Economics) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 15. April 2021
Zeit: 13.30 Uhr!
Ort: Online via Zoom, Anmeldung

Although many COVID-19 vaccines are currently under development, their safety and effectiveness cannot be ensured. At the same time, many jurisdictions reimpose full or partial lockdowns as a response to increasing number of cases, as well as mandate social distancing and mask-wearing in public spaces. We use random assignment of vignettes featuring optimistic and pessimistic scenarios with respect to the vaccine effectiveness on a sample of about 1,600 Russians to gauge public support for anti-pandemic measures under different scenarios. We show that the respondents who are afraid of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 are significantly more likely to support the restrictions, but they also reduce their support for the anti-pandemic measures in case no safe and effective vaccine is found compared to those who received no information treatment. This relationship is particularly strong for the most economically costly measures, namely banning large gatherings and shutting down non-essential businesses rather than for mask-wearing. We interpret this as a manifestation of the fatalism effect found in previous studies of compliance with the anti-pandemic restrictions. Our findings imply that in the absence of a clear-cut solution for the COVID-19-related crisis public support for the anti-pandemic restrictions is likely to wane.

20. April 2021

Multinationals, Innovation and Institutional Context: IPR protection and distance effects

Ein Vortrag von Randolph Bruno (UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)) im Rahmen der Seminarreihe des AB Ökonomie am IOS.
Datum: 20. April 2021
Zeit: 15.00 Uhr
Ort: Online via Zoom, Anmeldung

We characterise the knowledge production process whereby the inventive capabilities of the firm generate innovation output in highly inventive multinational enterprises (MNEs). We explore the sensitivity of this relationship to the strength of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection across the MNEs R&D subsidiaries. We argue that MNE innovative performance will be enhanced when the firm’s R&D activities are based in locations where IPR protection is stronger. Moreover, when considering the internal geography of the MNEs R&D activities, innovation performance depends on the distance between the home and host country IPR regime. Thus, innovation performance is worse as the difference between home and host IPR regimes increases. Finally, we explore asymmetries in this relationship, in particular that the deterioration is more marked when MNEs locate their R&D activities in host economies with IPR protection significantly less strict than in their home country. We test these ideas using a unique new dataset about the most innovative MNEs in the world, an unbalanced panel of around 900 MNEs observed for the period 2004 to 2013 and find strong support for all our hypotheses.



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