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Economic Research

Emerging Economies Projects

The task of the "Governance in Emerging Economies" research project is to take a differentiated look at the role of the state in promoting economic development in emerging countries. The research project is therefore a response to the globally observable increase in state influence in the respective national economies.


The focus of the analysis is on the specific governance provided by the state. Various studies are investigating state activities at the level of the institutional and administrative framework, the concrete economic policy measures and the socio-political integration of the economic models.


Under this project, PFH is cooperating with the University of Groningen, Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University and KIMEP University Almaty. The project is being funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.


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Emerging Market Economies in Central Asia

The research project "Emerging Market Economies in Central Asia" focuses on the Central Asian countries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan. The wealth of natural oil and gas in this region means that these countries attract global interest. However, they have scarcely figured to date in analyses by economists and political scientists. The research study is therefore particularly concerned with institutional reforms that are made on the road to establishing a market economy system.


On 25 and 26 September, 2008, PFH Göttingen, in collaboration with the University of Groningen and the Volkswagen Foundation, hosted an international conference on the subject of "Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance in Central Asia".


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KomPost Network of Excellence
(Institutions and Institutional Change in Post-Socialism)

The teams of researchers in the interdisciplinary network are investigating the interactions between political, economic and social developments in the area of tension between historical traditions and globalisation in formerly socialist countries.


Under KomPost, PFH is a member of a network of excellence which, in addition to Prof. Dr. Joachim Ahrens (PFH), gathers together numerous renowned researchers on Eastern Europe from throughout Germany.


Under the project, the PFH researchers, led by Professor Dr. Joachim Ahrens, are shedding particular light on political and economic developments in Central and East Asia. This provides a very good complement to the project "Emerging Markets in Central Asia", which has been running since 2008 and is being funded by the Volkswagen Foundation.


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