Research In School of Economics and Business Administration

School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) of University of Tartu is the leading and rapidly developing research centre in economics, international business and management in Estonia.  We aim to provide a vibrant research environment that is linked to international centres of excellence and produces high level academic and policy relevant economic analysis.

Among academic staff there are three laureates of the Estonian National Science Prize and a member of the Estonian Academy of Science. Researchers at SEBA have recently published papers at the American Economic Review, International Business Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, among others, also a paper is forthcoming at Research Policy.

Our main research topics include:

  • labour market, labour market flexibility and flexicurity;
  • determinants of productivity and structural change;
  • internationalization of economies and firms – export, FDI;
  • organizational behaviour and human resource management;
  • innovation economics; 
  • entrepreneurship and knowledge economy;
  • institutional development of catching up economies;
  • social capital formation;
  • regional growth and development;
  • financial management.

Latest collective monographs of Faculty members include "(Dis)Honesty in Management: Manifestations and Consequences" (2013, Emerald); "Innovation Systems in Small Catching-Up Economies" (2012, Springer); “Labor Market Flexibility, Flexicurity and Employment: Lessons of the Baltic States” (2007, Nova Science); “Estonia, the New EU Economy: Building a Baltic Miracle?” (2006, Ashgate). According to the RePec database SEBA of University of Tartu is the highest ranking institution in study of economics and finance in Estonia based on its research output. The majority of the highest ranked authors in economics and finance in Estonia are from our faculty: http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.estonia.html Two thirds of all economics and business administration doctoral dissertations in Estonia are defended at SEBA. Each year faculty staff members publish more than 140 research publications.

The research potential of SEBA has been steadily growing as the Faculty has established strong  links with  international research networks (e.g. NORFACE) and launched several interdisciplinary research teams (links between migration and knowledge transfer, mobile positioning and tourism marketing, cultural dimensions and innovation).  Our researchers have actively co-operated with partners from major European research centres, e.g. University College London, NIFU-STEP in Norway, UNU-MERIT, SPRU at University of Sussex, Aston Business School, University of Vaasa. In Estonia, we work closely together with economists from Eesti Pank (Bank of Estonia) and Tallinn University of Technology. Our researchers have contributed to various EC FP6 and FP7 research projects, also to Nordic Innovation Centre, NORFACE, OECD Innovation Micro-data projects and World Bank project on links between firm demographics and productivity growth.  In May 2013 the Centre for Emerging Market Studies was established that facilitates co-operation with universities in Jiangsu province of China. 

 

 

 

Overview of the research in the School of Economics and Business Administration

New publications of the School of Economics and Business Administration

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The impact of the SEBA research activities on the society will be opened on the example of four cases. By each case is provided the logical sequence of activities – how the basic research has created foundations (capabilities, people) and lead to the applied research which in total has resulted in the significant outcome which has visible impact on the society.

 

CASE A – Research about the innovation system of countries, innovation policy studies

 

·       In 2008 SEBA research group (head prof. U. Varblane) was successful in competition and obtained basic research grant „The path dependent model of the innovation system: development and implementation in the case of a small country“  financed by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (EMER) between 2008-2013 (total funding 985 000 EUR). It was aimed to develop the model of national innovation system and its implementation mechanisms for the small country, which accounts for path dependency and ensures sustainable economic development.  In addition SEBA researchers had two closely related Estonian Science Foundation grants: ETF 8311 “Innovation indicators for catching-up countries” which was fulfilled between 01.01.2010-31.12.2013 and ETF8580 “Demand as a Driver of Innovation: Implications for Innovation Policy in a Small Country” during period between 01.01.2011-31.12.2014

Based on the knowledge obtained from the basic research the research group of SEBA  (head prof.U.Varblane and prof. K.Ukrainski) together with research group from Tallinn University of Technology (head prof. R.Kattel) fulfilled between 2011-2015 an applied research project “The Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme (TIPS Programme)”commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research (total volume 1,2 million EUR). The programme was aimed to provide high quality research competencies for policymaking and strategic development of Estonian research, development and innovation (RDI) policy. It consisted of seven work packages :

  • Intellectual property rights in research and development
  • Public funding of research activities in Estonia
  • Leadership and management models of Estonian research and development institutions
  • Management of cooperation between higher education institutions and industry
  • Complex analysis of research, development and innovation policy
  • Internationalisation of research, development and innovation activities
  • Designing the Estonian research, development and innovation strategy for 2014-2020

Among several outcomes of the research project were policy recommendations for the implementation of the Estonian Research, Development and Innovation strategy (2007-2013) and SEBA researchers jointly with the team from the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research prepared the draft of the new Estonian Research and Development and Innovation Strategy 2014-2020 “Knowledge-based Estonia”. Another outcome was recommendations given to the Estonian Research Council how to change the research funding policy of Estonia. They were used by the working group of Estonian Research Council in order to present to the Estonian government the recommendations for the new system of research funding.  Even more important outcome was the policy learning process of officials from the EMER and ERC.

The overall impact of the SEBA research group was a change in the Estonian research  funding regulations, which will be 50%  of competitive (project) based and 50% institution based.

 

CASE B – Research on labour economics and migration

 

·       Research group of SEBA headed by prof. R.Eamets and prof.T.Paas have been successful in applying basic research grants domestically and internationally. Involvement in the following two international projects were most important. NORFACE project “Migrant Diversity and Regional Disparity in Europe” (duration 01.10.2009-30.09.2013) addressed the mostly unexplored but challenging dimension of European immigration, namely the impact of the spatial distribution, composition and dynamics of diverse migration flows on socio-economic disparity and individual wellbeing across regions. EU 7th framework project "STYLE – Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe” (duration 01.03.2014-30.09.2017) is targeted to conduct a comparative EU wide analysis on youth unemployment that is sensitive to gender, ethnic and class differences and the historical legacies of multi-level institutions shaping relevant policies.

·       The basic research has been accompanied by the various applied projects, which are targeted to the different aspects of labour market and migration issues. For example the joint project of EU Commission and ILO  “Inequalities in the World of Work: The Effects of the Crisis Assessment and Policy Answers”(2010), Estonian Trade Union Confederation project “The role of labour market flexibility in creation of flexicurity policy in Estonia" (2010), Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs project “National Mobility of the Working Force” ( 2011), “Study of Estonian Higher Education Graduates of 2009” (2010-2011) etc.

·       The clear impact of the SEBA research group has been recommendations to change the Aliens Act of the Republic of Estonia in 2013, which were targeted to reform and simplify the process how qualified labour could enter Estonia and hired by the firms. This has been accompanied with the policy learning process in Estonian society, which has been driven by the four migration conferences organized by SEBA and Nordic Council of Ministers. 

 

CASE C. Research on entrepreneurship and knowledge transfer system of the universities

 

·       Research group of SEBA headed by prof. T. Mets has done substantial research in the field of the theoretical model of the entrepreneurial university as well about the university industry cooperation models (prof. U.Varblane). The major basic research grant is 7th framework project BGPROCESS - Smart entrepreneurial process for knowledge society (01.05.2014-30.04.2017) aimed to develop and validate a novel model of entrepreneurial process for new venture creation. Another project was INTERREG IV A project CB ENTREINT “Central Balticum Entrepreneurship Interaction" (2011-2013) focused on the analysis of the entrepreneurship training needs for the entrepreneurship teachers and analysis of the buzz platforms in Finland, Estonia and Latvia.

·       The basic research about the entrepreneurial university has been useful foundation for the different applied projects and activities within the University of Tartu as well outside. EU structural funds based Primus project “Development of the methodology and learning materials of entrepreneurship for the Estonian institutions of higher education” (2013) was crucial in order to form consortia of Estonian institutions of higher and vocational education – CEI (Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation). The consortia was able to consolidate and systematize the best entrepreneurship learning experience in Estonia and jointly aimed to improve situation in this field. It was obtained through the program funded from the EU structural funds “Act and Success” (6 Million EUR). Within the “The Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme (TIPS Programme)” funded by EMER the special workpackage “Intellectual property rights in research and development” was executed 2011-2013 by the research group of SEBA and Faculty of Law researchers (prof.A.Kelli). Important applied work of the research group was to fulfil Estonian Development Fund project “The processing of statistical survey data on the entrepreneurial attitudes and entrepreneurship activity of the Estonian population”  and “Compilation of the chapters of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2014 Estonia report” ( 2014-2015)

·       The overall impact of the research has been the establishment of the whole system of entrepreneurial education in the University of Tartu as well in the whole Estonia.

SEBA research group has obtained the role of coordinator of the consortia, dealing with the entrepreneurship learning activities of Estonia on all levels of education. Another impact is the creation and running of the training and support-system of the development for knowledge-driven high potential startups (Idea Lab of the University of Tartu). The most visible result of the many years of the previous work in this direction was the execution in Tartu on the December 7th 2016 the international business festival sTARTUpDAY2016 with almost 3000 participants from many countries. Fundamental paradigm change of the Tartu University has been the move since 2015 that in all Faculties of the University of Tartu entrepreneurship has been offered as the compulsory element of the study program.

For the international entrepreneurship research community very important outcome was the execution of the Estonian survey of the GEM (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor) in 2013 and 2014, which made Estonia also internationally comparable.

In general the work of this research group has resulted in the visible impact on the change on the entrepreneurial culture in Estonia.

 

CASE D. Research on the organizational behaviour and management

 

·       Organizational behaviour, organizational culture and human resource management has been important field of research for SEBA headed by prof. M.Vadi, who have been successful in applying basic research grants domestically and internationally. Three most important international basic research projects were following: EU 7th framework project "SEARCH - Sharing KnowledgE Assets: InteRegionally Cohesive NeigHborhoods (2011-2014), EU DG Home Affairs project PRIVACOR “Reducing Corruption: focusing on private sector corruption” (2014-2016) and European Centre of the Development of Vocational Training project CEDEFOP “Learning cultures in organisations” (2015-2017) . The last project was aimed to understand how the learning culture in organizations contributes to their economic success at the enterprises in Estonia, Finland, Germany, Slovenia and Portugal. In addition the research group fulfilled Estonian Science Foundation grant 7018 “Service Organizations From The Perspective Of Oforganizational Behavior: Some Influencing Factors and Trends”  (01.01.2007-31.12.2010), which investigated relationship between the organizational behavior and the performance of the service organizations.

·       The SEBA research group has provided many applied research projects both for public and private sector. Enterprise Estonia funded project “Research of Estonian management: 2010” (2010-2011) evaluated the management of Estonian firms by its main functions (planning, organizing, influencing, and controlling).  Nonprofit organization FinanceEstonia funded the project “ The State, Future Demand and Promotion of the Estonian Financial Sector's Human Resources” (2014) aimed to elaborate proposals for training and development of Estonian financial sector specialists. Within the “The Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme (TIPS Programme)” funded by EMER the special workpackage “Leadership and management models of Estonian research and development institutions” was executed 2013-2015 by the research group of SEBA. Most recent project “Best Practices of Management in University of Tartu” (2016-2017), where based on qualitative research best practices of management are drafted and initiatives for future development are suggested.

·       The impact of the research on the Estonian business promotion system is visible. The recommendations derived from the SEBA research about the Estonian management created active feedback from the business sector and were used by the Enterprise Estonia (the Estonian business promotion agency). They created a new supporting instrument Enterprise Development Programme aimed to the improvement of management capabilities of Estonian managers. 

Date of defence

Candidate’s name

Topic of the thesis

Supervisor(s)

23.09.2022 Liis Roosaar Essays on labour mobility and labour productivity professor Raul Eamets
kaasprofessor Jaan Masso
professor Urmas Varblane

31.08.2022

Liina Joller-Vahter The government as
an enabler and accelerator of diffusion
of radical innovations
professor Urmas Varblane
09.05.2022 Magnus Piirits The Impact of Pension Reforms on
Pension Inequality in Estonia:
An Analysis with Microsimulation and
Typical Agent Models

professor Raul Eamets

professor Lauri Leppik

08.02.2022 Artur Meerits First-level military leaders’ leadership competencies and their relationship with unit effectiveness in terms of collectivistic leadership with the example of the Estonian Defence Forces kaasprofessor Kurmet Kivipõld
03.11.2021 Nataliia Ostapenko Information, business cycles and monetary policy kaasprofessor Jaan Masso
30.08.2021 Aare Värk Practice-based exploration of knowledge, knowing and knowledge management kaasprofessor Anne Reino                            kaasprofessor Judit Strömpl
23.08.2021 Mariia Chebotareva Functional overlapping competing jurisdictions (FOCJs) as a possible tool for Inter-municipal cooperation in the provision of Russian school services kaasprofessor Diana Eerma,                         professor dr. dr. h.c. (em.) Peter Joachim Friedrich

18.05.2021

Virgo Süsi Corporate governance and performance of private SMEs

teadur Krista Jaakson,         kaasprofessor Oliver Lukason

29.12.2020 Tõnis Eerme Big Science as innovation intermediaries – micro- and meso-level effects from the collaboration with the European Space Agency

emeriitprofessor Jüri Sepp

professor Niina Nummela (University of Turku, Finland, University of Tartu, Estonia)

29.12.2020 Isaac Nana Akuffo The relationship between authentic leadership competences and nepotism, favouritism, and cronyism – the case of the Ghanaian banking sector dotsent Kurmet Kivipõld

02.09.2020

Gaygysyz Ashyrov Essays on firm-level corruption

vanemteadur Jaan Masso

26.03.2020 Tõnis Tänav Dynamics of firm innovation strategies: relationship with public sector support professor Kadri Ukrainski
22.11.2019 Gerdien Margreeth Grootens Leadership of Peripheral Places: a Comparative study of Leadership in Estonian and Dutch Peripheral Places

professor Maaja Vadi

abiprofessor Lummina Horlings (Groningeni Ülikool, Holland)

dotsent Garri Raagmaa

04.11.2019

Tatyana Tsukanova Insights into the Export Behavior of SMEs from Emerging Economies: Evidence from Russia and China

Vanemteadur Tiia Vissak

10.05.2019 Annika Jaansoo

Provision of services across international borders: Factors driving cooperation of subnational governments in Europe

Professor Janno Reiljan, TÜ
Professor Rene Torenvlied, University of Twente

20.12.2018

Bradley James Loewen

Towards territorial cohesion? Path dependence and path innovation of regional policy in Central and Eastern Europe

Dotsent Garri Raagmaa

Professor Kadri Ukrainski

20.12.2018 Kärt Rõigas University-Industry Cooperation in the Context of National Innovation System 

Prof Urmas Varblane

Vanemteadur Priit Vahter

12.11.2018 Maryna Tverdostup Human capital and labour market disparities

Prof. TiiuPaas,

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso

21.06.2018 Karin Sakowski

Prof. Maaja Vadi,

Vanemteadur Jaanika Meriküll

15.02.2018

Tarmo Puolokainen

Public Agencies' Performance Benchmarking in the Case of Demand Uncertainty with an Application to Estonian, Finnish and Swedish Fire and Rescue Services

Prof. Janno Reiljan,

Prof. Peter Joachim Friedrich,

Prof. Christopher O’Donnell 

28.12.2017

Bianka Plüschke-Altof

Images of the Periphery Impeding Rural Development? Discursive Peripheralization of Rural Areas in Post-Socialist Estonia

Vanemteadur Aet Annist,

Dots. Andres Kuusik

29.12.2016

Marko Viiding

The Role of Electricity Price in Competitiveness of the Manufacturing Industry in Liberalised Electricity Markets: the Case of NordPool

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Torstein Arne Bye 

22.12.2016

Inna Kozlinska

Evaluation of the Outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education Revisited: Evidence from Estonia and Latvia

Prof. Tõnis Mets,

Prof. Ulla Hytti 

07.12.2016

Oliver Lukason

Characteristics of firm failure processes in an international context

Prof. Toomas Haldma,

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso,

Prof. Erkki K. Laitinen

12.11.2015 

Sten Anspal

Essays on gender wage inequality in the Estonian labour market

Prof. Raul Eamets

29.06.2015

Merle Tambur

Workplace bullying in Estonian organizations: The prevalence and causes

Prof. Maaja Vadi

30.12.2014

Ott Pärna

Managerial and Contextual Factors Influencing Innovation in Information Technology-based Public Sector Services: an Exploratory Cross-national Study

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann,

Prof. Urmas Varblane

18.12.2014

Kaia Kask

Public sector real estate asset management models and their evaluation

Prof. Maaja Vadi,

Prof. Ene Kolbre

18.11.2014

Diana Eerma

A Bookkeeping Approach to Social Accounting for a University Faculty: The Case of the University of Tartu

Prof. Peter Friedrich,

Prof. Jüri Sepp

03.10.2014

Eneli Kindsiko

Organisational control in university management: A multiparadigm approach on the example of the University of Tartu

Prof. Maaja Vadi

04.06.2014

Helen Poltimäe

The distributional and behavioural effects of Estonian environmental taxes

Prof. Tiiu Paas, 

Prof. Henrik Klinge Jacobsen 

10.10.2013

Xiaotian Zhang

Internationalization Process of Chinese Firms

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso,

Vanemteadur Tiia Vissak,

Prof. Jorma Larimo

09.04.2013

Kerly Espenberg

Inequalities on the Labour Market in Estonia During the Great Recession

Dots. Kaia Philips

12.12.2012

Andres Kuusk

Financial Contagion During Times of Crisis: a Meta-Analysis Based Approach With Special Emphasis on CEE Economies

Prof. Tiiu Paas

26.10.2012

Ülle Pärl

Understanding the Role of Communication in the Management Accounting and Control Process

Prof. Salme Näsi, 

Prof. Toomas Haldma

18.10.2012

Peeter Peda

The Relationship Between Governance and and Performance in Water Services Provision in Estonian Municipalities

Prof. Toomas Haldma,

Dots. Giuseppe Grossi 

27.06.2012

Anne Lauringson

The Impact of the Generosity of Unemployment Benefits on Estonian Labour Market Outcomes in a Period of Crisis

Prof. Raul Eamets

Dots. Kaia Philips

19.06.2012

Reelika Irs

Teacher Performance Appraisal and remuneration Aspects of Performance Management on the Example of estonian General Educational Schools

Prof. Kulno Türk

30.11.2011

Kertu Lääts

Management Accounting Change in a Dynamic Economic Environment Based on Examples from Business and Public Sector Organizations 

Prof. Toomas Haldma

25.11.2011

Indrek Saar

Optimal Alcohol Taxation in Estonia

Dots. Viktor Trasberg

21.09.2011

Tuuli Pärenson

Social Impact Evaluation in Social Enterprises in Estonia: Need, Readiness and Practices

Prof. Maaja Vadi

31.08.2011

Andres Kuusik

Segmentation of Repeat Visitors Using Passive Mobile Positioning Data

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Rein Ahas

26.08.2011

Andrus Kotri

Customer Experience Evoking and Management in Services

Prof Maaja Vadi,

Ele Reiljan (Swedbank)

21.06.2011

Kristina Toming

The Impact of Integration With the European Union on the International Competitiveness of the Food Processing Industry in Estonia

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Janno Reiljan

21.06.2011

Janno Järve

Downward Nominal Wage Rigidity in the Estonian Private Sector

Prof. Raul Eamets

04.05.2011

Kurmet Kivipõld

Organizational Leadership Capability and its Evaluation Based on the Example of Estonian Service Organizations  

Prof. Maaja Vadi

17.02.2011

Rasmus Kattai

The Links Between Private Sector Indebtedness and Banking Sector Vulnerability: an Estonian Case Study 

Prof. Tiiu Paas

16.12.2010

Dorel Tamm

Alignment Between the Factors of the Innovation Process and Public Sector Innovation Support Measures: an Analysis of Estonian Dairy Processors and Biotechnology Enterprises 

Prof. Urmas Varblane

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann

17.11.2010

Elina Kallas

Emotional Intelligence, Organizational Culture and their Relationship Based on the Example of Estonian Service Organizations

Prof. Maaja Vadi

Prof. Kulno Türk

22.10.2010

Danel Tuusis

Interest Rate Influence on the Behavior of Economic Subjects 

Prof. Mart Sõrg,

Dots. Priit Sander

21.06.2010

Epp Kallaste

Employee Workplace Representation: an Analysis of Selected Determinants

Prof. Raul Eamets

Prof. Charles Woolfson 

22.03.2010

Egle Tafenau

Welfare Effects of Regional Policy in the Constructed Capital Model 

Prof. Tiiu Paas

18.12.2009

Eve Parts

Social Capital, its Determinants and Relations With Economic Growth: Comparison of the Western European and Central-Eastern European Countries

Prof. Janno Reiljan,

Prof. Helje Kaldaru

12.11.2009

Krista Jaakson

Management by Values: the Analysis of Influencing Aspects and its Theoretical and Practical Implications

Prof. Maaja Vadi

06.11.2009

Anne Reino

Manifestations of Organizational Culture Based on the Example of Estonian Organizations

Prof. Maaja Vadi

21.09.2009

Alexander Gofman

Experimentation-Based Product Development in Mature Food Categories:Advancing Conjoint Analysis Approach

Prof. Tõnis Mets,

Prof. Tiiu Paas

14.08.2009

Sirle Bürkland

Managing the Development of Valuable Intellectual Capital: The Role of Management Control.(defended in Vaasa University)

Prof. Toomas Haldma,

Prof. Erkki K. Laitinen 

18.06.2009

Anne Aidla

The Impact of Individual and Organisational Factors on Academic Performance in Estonian General Educational Schools

Prof. Maaja Vadi

19.05.2009

Jaanika Meriküll

Technological Change and Labour Demand

Prof. Tiiu Paas,

Prof. Karsten Staehr 

31.10.2008

Helena Rozeik

Changes in Ownership Structures, Their Determinants and Role in the Restructuring of Enterprises During Transition: Evidence From Estonia

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso

30.06.2008

Made Torokoff

Patterns of the Learning Organisation – Estonian Experience

Prof.  Maaja Vadi,

Prof. Tõnis Mets

26.05.2008

Kadri Männasoo

Essays on Financial Fragility – Evidence from the Corporate and Banking Sectors in Central and Eastern Europe

Prof. Jüri Sepp,

Prof. Michael Funke 

14.05.2008

Kristjan-Olari Leping

Heterogeneity of Human Capital and its Valuation in the Labour Market

Prof. Raul Eamets,

Dots. Štepan Jurajda

22.04.2008

Kadri Ukrainski

Sources of Knowledge Used in Innovation: an Example of Estonian Wood Industries

 

Prof. Janno Reiljan,

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann 

19.12.2007

Priit Sander

Essays on Factors Influencing Financing Decisions of Companies: Risk, Corporate Control and Taxation Aspects

Prof. Vambola Raudsepp

16.11.2007

Rebekka Vedina

The Diversity of Individual Values and its Role for Organisations in the Context of Changes

Prof. Maaja Vadi

13.06.2007

Andres Vesilind

A Methodology to Earn Excess Returns in Global Debt and Currency Markets With a Diversified Portfolio of Quantitative Active Investment Models

Prof. Urmas Varblane

 

29.03.2006

Katrin Männik

The Impact of the Autonomy on the Performance in a Multinational Corporation`s Subsidiary in Transition Countries

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann 

07.11.2005

Jaan Masso

Labour Reallocation in Transition Countries: Efficiency, Restructuring and Institution

Prof.  Raul Eamets,

Dots. Otto Karma

29.06.2005

Janek Uiboupin

Foreign Banks in Central and Eastern European Markets: Their Entry and Influence on the Banking Sector)

Prof.  Mart Sõrg

25.01.2005

Ele Reiljan

Reasons for De-internationalization: An Analysis of Estonian Manufacturing Companies

Prof.  Urmas Varblane

22.12.2004

Ruth Alas

Organisational Changes During the Transition in Estonia: Major Influencing Behavioural Factors

Prof.  Maaja Vadi

15.09.2004

Anneli Kaasa

Sissetulekute ebavõrdsuse mõjurite analüüs struktuurse modelleerimise meetodil

Prof.  Helje Kaldaru

18.06.2003

Tiia Vissak

The Internationalization of Foreign-owned Enterprises in Estonia: An Extended Network Perspective

Prof. Janno Reiljan

18.11.2002

Tõnu Roolaht

The Internationalization of Estonian Companies: An Exploratory Study of Relationship Aspects

Prof. Urmas Varblane

10.01.2002

Kaia Philips

The Changes in Valuation of Human Capital During the Transition Processes in Estonia

Prof. Tiiu Paas

07.12.2001

Uno Silberg

Agrarian Policy (monograph), Original title: Agraarpoliitika (defended in Estonian Agricultural University)

Prof. Jüri Sepp

27.06.2001

Raul Eamets

Reallocation of Labour During Transition

Prof. Tiiu Paas

08.06.2000

Maaja Vadi

The Concepts and Interrelationships of Organisational Culture and Values

Prof. Janno Reiljan,

Prof. Jüri Allik

Since the 1990s, the Nordic-Baltic region integration has gradually deepened, receiving a new push through the EU expansion in 2004, which gave the Baltic citizens access to the labour markets of Sweden (in 2004), Finland and Iceland (in 2006), Denmark and Norway (in 2009). While many theories help to understand the nature and the potential of the regional integration processes, such as the Nordic-Baltic one, empirical evidences are still incomplete and sometimes inconclusive.

The aim of the project LIFT is to study the historical performance and estimate the potential for the economic integration of the Nordic-Baltic region via labour migration, technology transfer, foreign direct investments and capital mobility, trade of both physical goods and services. The study will look both into the hitherto effect of the regional integration, the challenges caused by that and the lessons for the future policy. The interdisciplinary consortium including members from economics, international business and sociology along with the triangulation of quantitative and qualitative research methods enables a multifaceted study of the economic and social processes related to integration of the Nordic-Baltic region. The use of detailed microdata on the population of employees and employers like matched employer-employee datasets could ambitiously help to estimate the impacts of integration at high level of granularity. The study will look in particular at the effects of various policy changes affecting regional integration like EU Eastern Enlargement in 2004, changes in laws affecting companies and individuals and changes in market access. This newly gained knowledge about the economic relations within the Baltic-Nordic region will be used to increase the awareness of the potential of business and political cooperation between the Nordic and the Baltic countries. The involvement of the industry and public stakeholders in the dissemination process will ensure the outreach to the policy.

See project homepage here.

The Research and Innovation Policy Monitoring Programme (TIPS Programme) has been commissioned by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Research for the period 2011–2015. The programme provided high quality research competencies for policymaking and strategic development of Estonian research, development and innovation (RDI) policy, implemented by the researchers from the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology in cooperation with other research institutions, government offices and business representatives.

The programme’s mission was to foster the cooperation between government offices, universities and the private sector and to increases the role of science and research as a supporter of the Estonian economy. The research activities of the programme have led to policy recommendations for implementation of the Estonian RDI strategy (2007–2013) and for designing both the new Estonian RDI strategy (2014–2020) and policy measures.

The most important activities of the programme were: (1) research and policy analysis; (2) consulting the ministries; (3) public dissemination of research results through workshops, conferences, written reports, published articles, policy papers etc. All these activities have fostered the co-operation between government offices, universities and the private sector and increased the role of science and research as a supporter of the Estonian economy. As a result of the programme 23 independent research reports and more than 90 academic publications have been published during 2011–2015.

 

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