On April 16-17, ISET supported Conference “Tourism Development Perspectives in Georgia” organized by Georgian National Tourism Agency (GNTA). Our experts participated in the application selection process, Lasha Labadze, Deputy Director of ISET Policy Institute, represented the organization as a jury member.
Four topics got the best evaluation based on their innovative approach, specific and feasible policy recommendations. Those topics were: 1.Georgia, as an Attractive Place for Film Industry 2. "Travel Insurance – Overview and Solutions" 3. "Information Dissemination Using New Technologies"; 4. "Gambling, Entertainment Industry Situation and Its Development in Georgia".

On February 12th, ISET hosted Dr. Andrea Ciani from Bocconi University, who presented his job market paper "Export Quality Upgrading under Credit Constraints".

The speaker began his presentation with a simple example that he used to explain his research paper. The Italian furniture company Kartell is famous for the production of plastic chairs. However, for export purposes, the firm decided to improve the quality of its product and started to produce chairs made from a mix of plastic and expensive materials, such as as silver, gold and even platinum. However, quality upgrades require investment. In many cases, companies have to take credits from local banks for this purposes.

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