We are excited to announce that this week ISET will be hosting a second delegation representing the Norwegian School of Economics in Bergen. A four-day program is planned starting on April 3, which includes anti-corruption seminars, public discussions, and site visits to relevant public institutions and businesses.

The main goal of these events was for Georgian and Norwegian students to better understand of political and socio-economic context of Georgia’s anti-corruption reforms, what worked and what did not work. Georgia is internationally recognized for its successes in reforming the public sector, improving the quality of public services, and eliminating corruption. Georgia’s experience – both positive and negative – carries lessons both for its current policymakers and development practitioners around the world.

Khachik Gevorgyan, the founder and CEO of ARMACAD, visited ISET to meet the institution's faculty and students and introduce ARMACAD, a special platform for universities and academic centers to present scholarships, conferences, grants and study opportunities to the audience. The main focus of the presentation was to demonstrate, to show the easiest way to search, browse and find relevant information in any academic discipline.

ARMACAD helps people all over the world to find hundreds of study opportunities such as scholarships, conferences, fellowships, grants, and summer schools in different fields such as arts, design, business, economics, management, political sciences, etc. The main idea behind the newly-established platform is to connect organizations and students.

On Thursday April 6, ISET hosted Professor Giorgio Brunello, who delivered a seminar for the ISET community. The title of his presentation was “Does Delayed Retirement Affect Youth Employment? Evidence from Italian Provinces”. According to his researcg, pension reforms that raise minimum retirement age increase the pool of senior individuals aged 50+ who are not eligible to retire from the labor market.

During the presentation, Professor Brunello claimed that reforms typically affect all local labor markets and the intensity of the treatment varies locally because of differences in the age structure of the labor force. Using data from Italian provinces and an instrumental variable strategy, the main interest of research was whether and how changes in the local supply of older workers have affected youth and prime age employment between 2004 to 2015.

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