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A Georgian Woman’s Burden: How Pandemic Affected Distribution of Household Work Between Men and Women, And Why It Matters
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and perceptions in many important ways: the value we put on face-to-face interactions, the importance of personal space, communication with loved ones, and much more. Some of these perceptions and social changes may actually outlive the pandemic.
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Sorry, You're Fired Due to COVID! Has COVID-19 Widened Gender Gap?
ISET-PI's research fellows Daviti Zhorzholiani and Davit Keshelava were invited to participate in the Georgian Public Broadcasting company’s “Real Space” talk show. During the programme, government authorities and the audience discussed the Georgian Government’s 10-Paragraph Plan, the possible effects of new economic initiatives and the possible reasons behind GEL/USD exchange rate fluctuations. ISET representatives positively assessed the plans to reduce the government’s administrative expenses and to quote the prices (of real estate, etc.) in national currency terms. However, the positive effects of the initiatives to subsidize “loan-larisation” from the budget, or increasing excise tax on energy carriers while the Georgian economy has not been performing well, were doubtful. Other subjects of discussion were the mechanism of “loan-larisation”, the role of the National Bank of Georgia (NBG) in the process, and how the initiative will affect private banks’ or the NBG’s finances. Watch the video from GPB to learn more.
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It’s Not Who You Trade With – It’s Who You Produce With: Measuring Georgia’s Integration into Global and Regional Value Chains
ISET-PI researchers Irakli Shalikashvili and Salome Deisadze attended the Data for Sustainable Growth in Kyiv between November 17-18. The conference was organized by KSE (Kyiv School of Economics), and was jointly sponsored by UKaid, USAID, the British Embassy in Kyiv, the Embassy of United States, and the Global Development Network. Ukraine’s revolution transformed the executive and legislative branches of the government in 2014. Since then, the government of Ukraine has prioritized increasing public sector transparency and accountability through eGovernance reforms, including eProcurement, Open Data, and eServices.
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Has Georgia Solved its “Missing Girls” Problem?
This project aims to support the development of business-oriented small farmer groups (e.g., agricultural cooperatives) with the goals of increasing agricultural productivity and reducing rural poverty in Georgia. Many households across Georgia are engaged in agricultural pursuits. In most cases, these households are producing at a subsistence or semi-subsistence level, with limited connections to the market. The movement to support the development of business-oriented farmer groups (e.g., agricultural cooperatives) is considered to be one way to help farming households achieve higher incomes and productivity levels.
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An Egg Today? Or a Hen Tomorrow? Credit Regulations in Georgia
In October 2016, the average cost of cooking one standard portion of Imeretian Khachapuri was 3.39 GEL, which is 1% lower month-on-month (compared to September 2016), and 6.1 % lower year-on-year (compared to October 2015). The Index is down due to a sharp decline in cheese prices. According to Kh-index, in October 2016, the price of one kg of Imeretian cheese was 7.49 GEL, which is 8.3 % lower than last year’s level (8.17 GEL).
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Georgia’s 2018 Presidential Election by Numbers
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