ISET

ISET Economist Blog

A blog about economics in the South Caucasus.
Jul
17

The Georgian COVID-19 Response: Was the Lockdown Worthwhile?

Since its start, the pandemic has spread to more than 180 countries, with governments around the world each reacting differently to the new global threat. The Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker gauges the strictness of countries’ responses using a stringency index, which compares governmental policies over several dimensions. It is important to note that a higher index score does not necessarily imply an effective response; alone it simply indicates that a government undertook stricter containment measures.1 Moreover, the stringency index tracks...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent comment in this post
Guest — DavidLee
Georgia has received a great deal of positive PR in Europe and around the World for its highly effective response to the pandemic.... Read More
Friday, 14 August 2020 8:08 AM
Continue reading
506
1 Comment
Write a Comment
Apr
06

Should the World Sacrifice the Economy to Save Lives Today?

No two countries that both have a McDonald's have ever been at war wrote American political commentator and author Thomas L. Friedman in 1996. Since then, of course, there have been plenty of instances of countries with McDonald’s warring, including Russia and Georgia. Though, one should not take Friedman’s phrase too literally. Rather he implies that the spread of McDonald's is a part of a worldwide phenomenon of countries integrating with the global economy, which, in turn, makes wars less likely. Well, Kudos to globalization. But also, thanks to globa...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
624
0 Comments
Write a Comment
Dec
18

The Role of Circular Labor Migration in Reducing Unemployment: How Ambitious Should it Be?

The topic of circular labor migration has recently received increased attention within the objective of reducing unemployment in Georgia. Circular migration Schemes (CMS) are widely recognized policy tools for reducing illegal migration and facilitating the return of emigrants to their countries of origin. The Georgian government’s increased interest and efforts to develop circular migration deals with EU member states serve, on the one hand, the long-term objective of addressing high level of unemployment, and, on the other hand, to reduce illegal, and ...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
1017
0 Comments
Write a Comment
Mar
15

Equal Rights Are Not Just for Women: Are We Ready for New Paternity Leave Policies in Georgia?

The following blog article was conceived of within the deliberations of a project, together with UNFPA, related to the cost assessment of potential changes to the leave policies of working parents. Admittedly, like the majority of the population, I had no idea that men in Georgia have the opportunity to take leave intended for childcare. It is a fact that since 2011 the number of fathers who have taken “childcare” leave can be counted on just two hands (including the ISET Alumnus, Giorgi Balakhashvili). As a future father this topic proves to be particul...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
1032
0 Comments
Write a Comment
Apr
16

The Knowing of Not Knowing in Water Management (and how to tackle the issue)

  The Georgian government is currently facing some tremendous challenges in adjusting to the EU Association Agreement (AA). A particularly problematic area of reform concerns the implementation of Directive 2000/60/EC, aka the European Water Framework Directive (WFD). Properly managing water resources is an extremely difficult endeavor that requires a deep understanding of all the mechanisms at work. Failing to adequately manage water resources could have profound and long lasting negative consequences, both in terms of the development perspectives ...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
1163
0 Comments
Write a Comment
Mar
04

Georgia's New European Modus Operandi

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, It was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, It was the season of light, it was the season of darkness … - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities A CHRONICLE OF A DEATH FORETOLD? The above quote seems to fit the state of affairs in the European Union fairly well, as the EU’s crisis is continuing, getting deeper, and engulfing more actors than when it started. To name a few well-known events and stats: Greece probably had the first ...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent Comments
Eric Livny
It is convenient to blame the EU for the current rise of nationalism in Europe and whatnot. Nationalism and religious fanaticism a... Read More
Monday, 06 March 2017 9:09 AM
Florian Biermann
Eric:There was always populism everywhere, even in ancient Rome (Cato said: Ceterum censeo Carthaginem esse delendam). What is new... Read More
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 10:10 AM
Eric Livny
Nothing will stop people from moving from (extremely) high pressure to (extremely) low pressure areas. Osmosis-style, through bord... Read More
Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:11 AM
Continue reading
2203
3 Comments
Write a Comment

Our Partners