Altura Partners, UK, IE Business School, Spain, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Managing Partner, Altura Partners and Professor of Economics, IE Business School
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Adviser to Governments at Altura Partners; Senior Adviser, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Adviser at the World Bank
PhD, Cambridge University, 1980
Diversifying Russia. London: EBRD, 2013 (with A. Plekhanov).
A Guide to the Political Economy of Reforming Energy Subsidies. IZA Policy Papers No. 52, 2012.
"Educational scores: How does Russia fare?" Journal of Comparative Economics 40:3 (2012): 508–527 (with C. Amini).
"ICT and productivity in developing countries: New firm-level evidence from Brazil and India." Review of Economics and Statistics 93:2 (2011): 528–541 (with R. Harrison and N. Menezes-Filho).
"Business environment, exports, ownership, and firm performance." Review of Economics and Statistics 93:1 (2011): 309–337 (with J. Svejnar).
One-company towns concentrate employment but their ability to adapt to adverse events is often very limitedSimon Commander, March 2018One-company towns are a relatively rare phenomenon. Mostly created in locations that are difficult to access, due to their association with industries such as mining, they have been a marked feature of the former planned economies. One-company towns typically have high concentrations of employment that normally provide much of the funding for local services. This combination has proven problematic when faced with shocks that force restructuring or even closure. Specific policies for the redeployment of labor and funding of services need to be in place instead of subsidies simply aimed at averting job losses.MoreLess