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The “Livability Puzzle” of the Georgian Countryside
Tbilisi population has been steadily rising since 2014, though it’s important to question what has been happening in other regions?
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Inflation of Trust
In order to withstand the pandemic, a speedy vaccination of the population appears necessary, however research (and anecdotal evidence) suggests there is low uptake, ultimately due to lacking trust in the benefits of vaccines and fears surrounding its potential risks.
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A Georgian Woman’s Burden: How Pandemic Affected Distribution of Household Work Between Men and Women, And Why It Matters
What does pamdemic driven changes actually imply for women?
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COVID and the City – A Spatial Fracture in Georgia?
ISET-PI's Executive Director Lasha Labadze was invited by TV1 to speak about remittances, how its defined, who are the top remitting countries, and how remittances are used in Georgia and what is the role of remittances in Georgia’s economy.  In general, high remittances makes local currency stronger, decreases poverty, but it also signals the high unemployment and weak economy in the country. In 2015 Georgia received significantly lower remittances, but in the first 6 month of 2016 it stayed at the same level compared to the same period of previous year. Watch the video from TV 1 to learn more.
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May Certain Trends Brought By COVID-19 Be Worth Keeping Post-Pandemic?
A recent ruling of the Georgian Energy and Water Supply Regulatory Commission (GNERC) dictates that most electricity tariffs will be kept at their current rates, with a minor increase for the supply of firms. The ruling has raised a number of questions in society due to high expectations of a possible increase in tariffs. ISET-PI’s Senior Researcher of the Energy and Environmental Policy Research Center, Levan Pavlenishvili, answered questions raised by the host and audience of Radio Freedom. Some of the questions raised were as follows: how does the tariff setting in electricity sector works? How complex is the tariff methodology and how does it work? What can be the impact of a tariff increase on general price levels in the country? Watch the video from Radio Tavisupleba to learn more.
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Improving the Mix and Match in the Labor Market: Can Education Management Information Systems help?
Eka Zerekidze graduated from Georgian Technical University. She has been working in the IT field for more than 20 years. Eka joined ISET in 2007. She holds the position of an IT Manager. She is in charge of websites management, database management, and supervises learning management system MOODLE and other IT resources. Eka is extremely detail-oriented and meticulous. She is able to solve any problem related to IT, computers and websites. She also provides help desk and IT training to ISET staff and students.     {tab=Contact Details} (+995) 322 507 177 (ext. 108)  [email protected] {/tabs}
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