Inclusive growth

  • Which model of agricultural sector support does Ukraine need?

    25.10. 2018

    Ukraine has been actively subsidizing national agriculture since the beginning of its independence. At that, according to OECD calculations, before 2017, a major share of state support for agriculture was transferred to enterprises not in a form of direct budget subsidies, but in a form of tax allowances. In addition to the tax allowances, the state was using direct subsidies per ton of output as well as general subsidies. In 2017, in response to a request from IMF and World Bank, the state abolished the special tax regime and switched to direct subsidies. In 2017, distribution of such support was performed pro rata to paid VAT, while, in 2018, the state divided 6.3 billion UAH of the support funds into special “resource subsidies”. Currently, new payments are directed at: Development of farm enterprises — 1 billion UAH Partial compensation of expenses on construction ... Read more
  • How many Ukrainians have departed and what can be done about this

    23.04. 2018

    How to count the real number of Ukrainians that are have decided to emigrate? Is there any evidence that Ukrainian economy faces critical level of emigration? What policy measures can the state use in order to sustain economic development in defiance of future migration? Policy analysts of Center for Economic Strategy explore those questions and present some policy solutions in the analytical paper “HOW MANY UKRAINIANS HAVE DEPARTED AND WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT THIS”. Ukraine is now one of the top ten countries of origin of the international migrants in the world. The estimated number of emigrant workers is 4 millions of people. While simultaneously around 2.6-2.7 millions of people are abroad. Why are 16% of working age population choosing to work in another country? The most influential factor is economic – Ukrainians are looking for higher wages. Migration flow is mainly ... Read more
  • Critical Thinking Against Populism

    10.11. 2017

    From year to year, Ukrainian society has been waiting for substantial transformations in the country, which would improve the standard of living. However, people often do not support the reforms, which could contribute to the quality of life. This happens mainly because many Ukrainians are sensitive to populism. Populists act against the reforms and often receive wide support. They use manipulations, stereotypes and cognitive biases to promote ideas aimed at preserving their status quo or getting benefits for small groups at the expense of long-term interests of the whole society. Project «Critical Thinking Against Populism», initiated by the Center for Economic Strategy with the support of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ukraine: The project targeted the most common populist stereotypes in the five reforms that have been identified as high-priority areas by the government and international donors: land reform, pension reform, ... Read more
  • Agenda for Ukraine

    13.12. 2016

    Agenda for Ukraine is a new initiative of the Bendukidze Free Market Center and the Centre for Economic Strategy. Just as three years ago, Ukraine remains the most corrupt, economically unfree and one of the poorest countries in Europe. The efforts made by the Ukrainian authorities after the victory of the Revolution of Dignity have been insufficient. Focus on support for the status quo prevailed over action on major changes. Unfortunately the new government program, which contains many progressive ideas, is a program of ‘piecemeal’ changes. It sidesteps many problems which require a strong coalition in parliament and support from society. The proposed ideas are not enough in order for Ukraine to enter a path of rapid and sustainable growth. A radical change of agenda can only truly improve the situation. It is necessary to introduce a program of rapid ... Read more
  • CES cooperation with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine on “The Way to Prosperity – Founding Principles for Economic Growth” strategy document

    10.07. 2015

    The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine (MEDT) has developed a document defining the basic principles of economic reform –The Way to Prosperity. The document was produced by the MEDT in cooperation with an external expert group managed by Ivan Miklos, co-founder of the Centre for Economic Strategy (CES). The expert group included Olena Bilan, chief economist of Dragon Capital, and CES senior adviser; CES Executive Director Hlib Vyshlinskiy. The main objective of the document is to accelerate Ukraine’s reforms and establish a single vision for economic policy. “The Way to Prosperity” will be used as a guide in analysing legal acts in this area. This document is not aimed at replacing or updating such documents as Ukraine’s EU Association Agreement, Strategy 2020, Government Program 2015, Coalition Agreement, or IMF Memorandum. “The Way to Prosperity” defines five fundamental principles ... Read more