Doctor of Sciences, Economics, Research Advisor, ICSER "Leontief Centre"
When we established Leontief Centre in 1991, we could not imagine all challenges that Russian market transition would face. We had no idea how complex those challenges would be. However, the scientists and politicians who established the Leontief Centre - such prominent leaders as W. Leontief, A.A. Sobchak, А.B. Chubais and A.L. Kudrin - realized perfectly well that objective research and analysis for economic policy-making could only be provided by independent analytical Centers - something Russia lacked at the time.
From its establishment the Leontief Centre has been functioning as an independent economic policymaking think-tank. It has not merged with the government or fallen victim to abstract science, and, on the other hand, it has not turned into a pure consulting firm. By means of its applied research, including analysis of key issues and trends of the socio-economic development, evaluation of regulatory instruments designed to further the economic reform, monitoring the progress of adopted programmes and providing the objective evaluation of its outcomes and implications, Leontief Centre has contributed to a more viable and efficient economic policy at different levels of governance (local, regional and federal), developed recommendations and forecasts for the non-governmental sector, and, generally, promoted private enterprise in every way.
Without limiting itself to research, the Leontief Centre has been fostering ideas and findings of its scholars, facilitating the exchange of ideas and experience between experts in transitional economies by hosting Russian and international conferences and workshops, publishing and exhibition activities as well as via the Internet.
Working with a diverse spectrum of clients and partners, the Leontief Centre has found its place among Russian research institutions as an expert in regional economics and corporate behavior. The Centre has been constantly updating its thematic areas and methods along the way to keep them relevant.
Currently the economy of Russia is facing new challenges that require appropriate and effective responses. The alignment of regional and local strategies for a better use of existing potential - is one of the most important directions of its work!
It means that the Leontief Centre team, all our colleagues and partners will have new important challenges calling for a professional approach, expertise, new ideas and, most importantly, dedication to scientific truth and courage to take a stand.