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: 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. 

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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. 

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Topic of the thesis


28.06.2024Kristjan PulkInfluencing personal financial decisions with information provisionProfessor Maaja Vadi
Lecturer Anne Aidla
10.06.2024Nguyen Hoang Quan TranPerception of organisational culture in terms of task and relationship orientations in Vietnam

Professor Maaja Vadi

Associate Professor Krista Jaakson

07.05.2024Tanel HirvInternationalisation of the Estonian research system through the lens of bibliometric indicators: criticism and policy recommendationsProfessor Kadri Ukrainski
15.03.2024Anastasia SinitsynaLinks between segregation processes on the labour and housing markets: evidence from Finland

Professor Raul Eamets

Professor Tiit Tammaru

21.02.2024Diana GabrielyanEssays on Inflation, Expectations and Central Bank Communication

Associate Professor Jaan Masso

Associate Professor Lenno Uusküla

29.01.2024Vladyslav SoloviovThe role of culture for innovative processesProfessor Anneli Kaasa
13.12.2023Laura Helena KiviRegional labour markets and assimilation of foreign labour forceProfessor emeritus Tiiu Paas
27.11.2023Iuliia TrabskaiaIdea and opportunity identification and implementation within the entrepreneurial process and journeyProfessor emeritus Tõnis Mets
14.11.2023Mark KantšukovValuation of companies under the distributed profit taxation system

Associate Professor Priit Sander

Professor Toomas Haldma

25.09.2023Alo LillesThe relationship between university-industry cooperation and regional capabilities in EuropeProfessor Urmas Varblane
21.06.2023Nino KokashviliPublic sector evolution under conditions of political business cycle – theory and empirical evidence 

Professor (emeritus) Peter Joachim Friedrich

Professor Kadri Ukrainski

15.05.2023Sigrid RajaloUniversity-industry collaboration: interaction structure and preconditionsProfessor Maaja Vadi
23.09.2022Liis RoosaarEssays on labour mobility and labour productivity

Professor Raul Eamets

Associate Professor Jaan Masso

Professor Urmas Varblane

31.08.2022Liina Joller-VahterThe government as
an enabler and accelerator of diffusion
of radical innovations
Professor Urmas Varblane
09.05.2022Magnus PiiritsThe Impact of Pension Reforms on
Pension Inequality in Estonia:
An Analysis with Microsimulation and
Typical Agent Models

Professor Raul Eamets

Professor Lauri Leppik

08.02.2022Artur MeeritsFirst-level military leaders’ leadership competencies and their relationship with unit effectiveness in terms of collectivistic leadership with the example of the Estonian Defence ForcesAssociate Professor Kurmet Kivipõld
03.11.2021Nataliia OstapenkoInformation, business cycles and monetary policyAssociate Professor Jaan Masso
30.08.2021Aare VärkPractice-based exploration of knowledge, knowing and knowledge management

Associate Professor Anne Reino

Associate Professor Judit Strömpl

23.08.2021Mariia ChebotarevaFunctional overlapping competing jurisdictions (FOCJs) as a possible tool for Inter-municipal cooperation in the provision of Russian school services

Associate Professor Diana Eerma

Professor dr. dr. h.c. (em.) Peter Joachim Friedrich

18.05.2021Virgo SüsiCorporate governance and performance of private SMEsteadur Krista Jaakson,         kaasprofessor Oliver Lukason
29.12.2020Tõnis EermeBig 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)

29.12.2020Isaac Nana AkuffoThe relationship between authentic leadership competences and nepotism, favouritism, and cronyism – the case of the Ghanaian banking sectordotsent Kurmet Kivipõld
02.09.2020Gaygysyz AshyrovEssays on firm-level corruptionvanemteadur Jaan Masso
26.03.2020Tõnis TänavDynamics of firm innovation strategies: relationship with public sector supportprofessor Kadri Ukrainski
22.11.2019Gerdien Margreeth GrootensLeadership 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

04.11.2019Tatyana TsukanovaInsights into the Export Behavior of SMEs from Emerging Economies: Evidence from Russia and ChinaVanemteadur Tiia Vissak
10.05.2019Annika JaansooProvision of services across international borders: Factors driving cooperation of subnational governments in EuropeProfessor Janno Reiljan, TÜ
Professor Rene Torenvlied, University of Twente
20.12.2018Bradley James LoewenTowards territorial cohesion? Path dependence and path innovation of regional policy in Central and Eastern Europe

Dotsent Garri Raagmaa

Professor Kadri Ukrainski

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

Prof Urmas Varblane

Vanemteadur Priit Vahter

12.11.2018Maryna TverdostupHuman capital and labour market disparities

Prof. TiiuPaas,

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso

21.06.2018Karin SakowskiThe role of national-institutional context in organisations and in organisational innovation: the case of Western and Central and Eastern European countries

Prof. Maaja Vadi,

Vanemteadur Jaanika Meriküll

15.02.2018Tarmo PuolokainenPublic 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 

28.12.2017Bianka Plüschke-AltofImages of the Periphery Impeding Rural Development? Discursive Peripheralization of Rural Areas in Post-Socialist Estonia

Vanemteadur Aet Annist,

Dots. Andres Kuusik

29.12.2016Marko ViidingThe 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 

22.12.2016Inna KozlinskaEvaluation of the Outcomes of Entrepreneurship Education Revisited: Evidence from Estonia and Latvia

Prof. Tõnis Mets,

Prof. Ulla Hytti 

07.12.2016Oliver LukasonCharacteristics of firm failure processes in an international context

Prof. Toomas Haldma,

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso,

Prof. Erkki K. Laitinen

12.11.2015 Sten AnspalEssays on gender wage inequality in the Estonian labour marketProf. Raul Eamets
29.06.2015Merle TamburWorkplace bullying in Estonian organizations: The prevalence and causesProf. Maaja Vadi
30.12.2014Ott PärnaManagerial and Contextual Factors Influencing Innovation in Information Technology-based Public Sector Services: an Exploratory Cross-national Study

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann,

Prof. Urmas Varblane

18.12.2014Kaia KaskPublic sector real estate asset management models and their evaluation

Prof. Maaja Vadi,

Prof. Ene Kolbre

18.11.2014Diana EermaA Bookkeeping Approach to Social Accounting for a University Faculty: The Case of the University of Tartu

Prof. Peter Friedrich,

Prof. Jüri Sepp

03.10.2014Eneli KindsikoOrganisational control in university management: A multiparadigm approach on the example of the University of TartuProf. Maaja Vadi
04.06.2014Helen PoltimäeThe distributional and behavioural effects of Estonian environmental taxes

Prof. Tiiu Paas, 

Prof. Henrik Klinge Jacobsen 

10.10.2013Xiaotian ZhangInternationalization Process of Chinese Firms

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso,

Vanemteadur Tiia Vissak,

Prof. Jorma Larimo

09.04.2013Kerly EspenbergInequalities on the Labour Market in Estonia During the Great RecessionDots. Kaia Philips
12.12.2012Andres KuuskFinancial Contagion During Times of Crisis: a Meta-Analysis Based Approach With Special Emphasis on CEE EconomiesProf. Tiiu Paas
26.10.2012Ülle PärlUnderstanding the Role of Communication in the Management Accounting and Control Process

Prof. Salme Näsi, 

Prof. Toomas Haldma

18.10.2012Peeter PedaThe Relationship Between Governance and and Performance in Water Services Provision in Estonian Municipalities

Prof. Toomas Haldma,

Dots. Giuseppe Grossi 

27.06.2012Anne LauringsonThe Impact of the Generosity of Unemployment Benefits on Estonian Labour Market Outcomes in a Period of Crisis

Prof. Raul Eamets

Dots. Kaia Philips

19.06.2012Reelika IrsTeacher Performance Appraisal and remuneration Aspects of Performance Management on the Example of estonian General Educational SchoolsProf. Kulno Türk
30.11.2011Kertu LäätsManagement Accounting Change in a Dynamic Economic Environment Based on Examples from Business and Public Sector Organizations Prof. Toomas Haldma
25.11.2011Indrek SaarOptimal Alcohol Taxation in EstoniaDots. Viktor Trasberg
21.09.2011Tuuli PärensonSocial Impact Evaluation in Social Enterprises in Estonia: Need, Readiness and PracticesProf. Maaja Vadi
31.08.2011Andres KuusikSegmentation of Repeat Visitors Using Passive Mobile Positioning Data

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Rein Ahas

26.08.2011Andrus KotriCustomer Experience Evoking and Management in Services

Prof Maaja Vadi,

Ele Reiljan (Swedbank)

21.06.2011Kristina TomingThe Impact of Integration With the European Union on the International Competitiveness of the Food Processing Industry in Estonia

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Janno Reiljan

21.06.2011Janno JärveDownward Nominal Wage Rigidity in the Estonian Private SectorProf. Raul Eamets
04.05.2011Kurmet KivipõldOrganizational Leadership Capability and its Evaluation Based on the Example of Estonian Service Organizations  Prof. Maaja Vadi
17.02.2011Rasmus KattaiThe Links Between Private Sector Indebtedness and Banking Sector Vulnerability: an Estonian Case Study Prof. Tiiu Paas
16.12.2010Dorel TammAlignment 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

17.11.2010Elina KallasEmotional Intelligence, Organizational Culture and their Relationship Based on the Example of Estonian Service Organizations

Prof. Maaja Vadi

Prof. Kulno Türk

22.10.2010Danel TuusisInterest Rate Influence on the Behavior of Economic Subjects 

Prof. Mart Sõrg,

Dots. Priit Sander

21.06.2010Epp KallasteEmployee Workplace Representation: an Analysis of Selected Determinants

Prof. Raul Eamets

Prof. Charles Woolfson 

22.03.2010Egle TafenauWelfare Effects of Regional Policy in the Constructed Capital Model Prof. Tiiu Paas
18.12.2009Eve PartsSocial Capital, its Determinants and Relations With Economic Growth: Comparison of the Western European and Central-Eastern European Countries

Prof. Janno Reiljan,

Prof. Helje Kaldaru

12.11.2009Krista JaaksonManagement by Values: the Analysis of Influencing Aspects and its Theoretical and Practical ImplicationsProf. Maaja Vadi
06.11.2009Anne ReinoManifestations of Organizational Culture Based on the Example of Estonian OrganizationsProf. Maaja Vadi
21.09.2009Alexander GofmanExperimentation-Based Product Development in Mature Food Categories:Advancing Conjoint Analysis Approach

Prof. Tõnis Mets,

Prof. Tiiu Paas

14.08.2009Sirle BürklandManaging the Development of Valuable Intellectual Capital: The Role of Management Control.(defended in Vaasa University)

Prof. Toomas Haldma,

Prof. Erkki K. Laitinen 

18.06.2009Anne AidlaThe Impact of Individual and Organisational Factors on Academic Performance in Estonian General Educational SchoolsProf. Maaja Vadi
19.05.2009Jaanika MeriküllTechnological Change and Labour Demand

Prof. Tiiu Paas,

Prof. Karsten Staehr 

31.10.2008Helena RozeikChanges in Ownership Structures, Their Determinants and Role in the Restructuring of Enterprises During Transition: Evidence From Estonia

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Vanemteadur Jaan Masso

30.06.2008Made TorokoffPatterns of the Learning Organisation – Estonian Experience

Prof.  Maaja Vadi,

Prof. Tõnis Mets

26.05.2008Kadri MännasooEssays on Financial Fragility – Evidence from the Corporate and Banking Sectors in Central and Eastern Europe

Prof. Jüri Sepp,

Prof. Michael Funke 

14.05.2008Kristjan-Olari LepingHeterogeneity of Human Capital and its Valuation in the Labour Market

Prof. Raul Eamets,

Dots. Štepan Jurajda

22.04.2008Kadri Ukrainski

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


Prof. Janno Reiljan,

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann 

19.12.2007Priit SanderEssays on Factors Influencing Financing Decisions of Companies: Risk, Corporate Control and Taxation AspectsProf. Vambola Raudsepp
16.11.2007Rebekka VedinaThe Diversity of Individual Values and its Role for Organisations in the Context of ChangesProf. Maaja Vadi
13.06.2007Andres VesilindA Methodology to Earn Excess Returns in Global Debt and Currency Markets With a Diversified Portfolio of Quantitative Active Investment Models

Prof. Urmas Varblane


29.03.2006Katrin MännikThe Impact of the Autonomy on the Performance in a Multinational Corporation`s Subsidiary in Transition Countries

Prof. Urmas Varblane,

Prof. Nick von Tunzelmann 

07.11.2005Jaan MassoLabour Reallocation in Transition Countries: Efficiency, Restructuring and Institution

Prof.  Raul Eamets,

Dots. Otto Karma

29.06.2005Janek UiboupinForeign Banks in Central and Eastern European Markets: Their Entry and Influence on the Banking Sector)Prof.  Mart Sõrg
25.01.2005Ele ReiljanReasons for De-internationalization: An Analysis of Estonian Manufacturing CompaniesProf.  Urmas Varblane
22.12.2004Ruth AlasOrganisational Changes During the Transition in Estonia: Major Influencing Behavioural FactorsProf.  Maaja Vadi
15.09.2004Anneli KaasaSissetulekute ebavõrdsuse mõjurite analüüs struktuurse modelleerimise meetodilProf.  Helje Kaldaru
18.06.2003Tiia VissakThe Internationalization of Foreign-owned Enterprises in Estonia: An Extended Network PerspectiveProf. Janno Reiljan
18.11.2002Tõnu RoolahtThe Internationalization of Estonian Companies: An Exploratory Study of Relationship AspectsProf. Urmas Varblane
10.01.2002Kaia PhilipsThe Changes in Valuation of Human Capital During the Transition Processes in EstoniaProf. Tiiu Paas
07.12.2001Uno SilbergAgrarian Policy (monograph), Original title: Agraarpoliitika (defended in Estonian Agricultural University)Prof. Jüri Sepp
27.06.2001Raul EametsReallocation of Labour During TransitionProf. Tiiu Paas
08.06.2000Maaja VadiThe 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.