The light and dark sides of the shadow economy

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It’s not often you get the chance to sit in a room with a collection of today’s most influential minds and hear their thoughts and opinions on current global issues. But that’s what I was able to do this week at a panel discussion in London organized by CERGE-EI Alumni with the Legatum Institute and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. “The Shadow Economy – Impact on Innovation, East and West” was moderated by Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist, with contributions from Andrei Kirilenko (MIT), Peter Sanfey (EBRD), Tina Fordham (Citibank), Giles Andrews (Zopa) and CERGE-EI’s own Jan Švejnar. Continue reading The light and dark sides of the shadow economy

Tribute to Boris Nemtsov

We are enormously shocked and saddened to learn of Friday’s assassination in Moscow of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. In 2011, Mr Nemtsov took part in our 20th anniversary celebrations when he joined a panel discussion at the Forum 2000 Annual Conference co-hosted by CERGE-EI to consider the issues facing legal institutions in transition countries. We would like to pay tribute to this staunch and fearless opponent of corruption. His violent and premature death is a huge loss to all supporters of democracy.