Diversifying Russia

Simon Commander, Alexander Plekhanov, 29 January 2013



Russia aims to diversify its economy, thereby moving away from its dependence on oil and gas. Despite much political rhetoric, our research (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 2012) indicates that, to date, relatively little has been achieved. Oil and gas still account for nearly 70% of total merchandise exports and around a half of the federal budget.

Topics: Development
Tags: economic diversification, education, gas, oil, Russia, skills

It’s not a skill mismatch: Disaggregate evidence on the US unemployment-vacancy relationship

Rand Ghayad, William Dickens, 5 January 2013



The Beveridge curve – the empirical relationship between unemployment and vacancies – is thought to be an indicator of the efficiency of the functioning of the labour market. Normally when vacancies rise, unemployment falls following a curved path that typically remains stable over long periods of time.

Topics: Labour markets
Tags: skills, unemployment, US, welfare

Who are the winners and losers from outsourcing?

Holger Görg, Ingo Geishecker, 24 September 2007

International outsourcing is a growing phenomenon in world trade, and its 30% approximate increase between 1970 and 1990 has sparked a lot of interest in recent academic literature and the business press.

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Topics: International trade
Tags: international outsourcing, offshoring, skills, wages

Explaining women’s success: technological change and the skill content of women’s work

Sandra E. Black, Alexandra Spitz-Oener, 1 September 2007



There is a lively debate as to why the gender wage gap has closed in industrialized countries in recent decades.1 When investigating possible explanations, most research has focused on factors such as education and experience, for which changes have been more favorable for women than for men; increased labor force participation and the changing characteristics of

Topics: Education, Gender
Tags: gender wage gap, skills

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