ISET Policy Institute was founded in 2011 by the Partnership for Economics Education and Research (PEER) with the financial support of the Think Tank Fund (TTF) of the Open Society Institute.

  • TTF. The Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Institute supports independent policy centers in Central and Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus that strengthen democratic processes.
  • PEER Inc. The Partnership for Economics Education and Research, a US-based NGO bringing together a consortium of international donors, the Government of Georgia and Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University. PEER Inc. was established in 2006 to provide for ISET and ISET-PI governance and fundraising. All consortium members, regional governments and the host university (TSU) are represented on the Governing Board of PEER Inc.
  • SIDA. Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) Supported ISET Policy Institute with 5-year core grant for institutional development starting in 2014.  The main objective was to transform ISET-PI into the premier economic policy think-tank in the South Caucasus via forming four new specialized policy research centers to work alongside the Institute’s Agricultural Policy Research Center . These four new centers address the following priority areas: i) macroeconomic and financial regulation; ii) social policy; iii) private sector development; and, last but not least, iv) energy and environment.
  • G-PAC . Through a partnership with the Think Tank Fund of the Open Society Institute, the G-PAC (Policy, Advocacy, and Civil Society Development in Georgia) Think Tank Support Program strengthens the capacity of think tanks and policy-oriented NGOs to develop and present policy options.


ISET-PI’s main partner is ISET, with which it shares its academic and human resources. ISET-PI is also a member of an international network of modern economics teaching and research centers in Eastern Europe and former USSR countries coordinated by the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (SITE), including such established centers of excellence in economics teaching and research as NES /CEFIR (Moscow), KIE/KSE (Kyiv), and BICEPS/SSE (Riga).

  • ISET offers a two-year Master's Program in Economics adhering to international academic standards with English language instruction by visiting and permanent international faculty;
  • SITE was founded in 1989. Since that SITE has become a leading research and policy center on transition in the former Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe;
  • CERGE-EI (Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education - Economics Institute) is a joint workplace of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
  • NES/CEFIR. The Centre for Economic and Financial Research (CEFIR) at New Economic School (NES) is an independent economic policy think tank established in Russia in 2000. CEFIR’s mission is to improve Russia’s economic and social policies by producing cutting-edge academic research and policy analysis and by helping policymakers and the public to make informed choices;
  • KIE/KSE. The Kyiv School of Economics (KSE), founded by the Economics Education and Research Consortium (EERC) ( ) and the Victor Pinchuk Foundation ( ), is a world-class institution with a reputation for excellence both in Ukraine and internationally;
  • BICEPS/SSE . The Baltic International Centre for Economic Policy Studies (BICEPS) is an independent research centre located in Riga, Latvia. The aim of the center is to undertake and promote high quality policy-oriented research in economics and other social sciences and to provide informed advice and consulting services for both government and business in the Baltic states and elsewhere.

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