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A blog about economics in the South Caucasus.
Nov
28

Career Guidance for Unemployed Georgians

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Georgian labor market is what is known as the “qualification mismatch”. While unemployment is high, many positions remain vacant due to a lack of qualified applicants. There is plenty of casual evidence that there is such a mismatch. Recently, a World Bank delegation we hosted at ISET reported about a meeting they had with Georgian entrepreneurs. One of those businessmen, active in the construction sector, was bringing welders from Turkey to Tbilisi, paying them extraordinarily high salaries (Turkish wage level plu...
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There should be vocational options available especially for boys from age fourteen or so, and the ability to migrate into vocation... Read More
Friday, 28 November 2014 6:06 PM
Guest — Hans Gutbrod
ok, I like the general idea, and I agree that carpenters, welders, and plumbers plus a number of other skilled workers could do we... Read More
Friday, 28 November 2014 6:06 PM
Guest — Oliver Reisner
The right link is http://www.worknet.gov.ge/
Saturday, 29 November 2014 2:02 PM
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Sep
26

Georgia’s New Immigration Law: Many Losers and no Winners

This year, the International School of Economics at Tbilisi State University (ISET) admitted nine Armenian students and one from Azerbaijan. They came to Tbilisi for a preparation course in August and all of them applied for residency permits before the first of September. All applications were exactly identical. Out of ten students, seven got their permits, two were denied, and one is still in process. The reasons for rejection were stated in most general terms, relating to Article 18 of the new immigration law. That article reads:  “An alien may b...
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once the reputation of a country is damaged, it could not be corrected for many many years. I am seeing lots of my friends who had... Read More
Friday, 26 September 2014 2:02 PM
Guest — Y
Who benefits? The bureaucrats with a newfound sense of "purpose" in their lives.
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:11 AM
Guest — Steven Hermans
Georgia was an easy place to stay. It now became like everywhere else: Europe, Central Asia, US,...
Friday, 26 September 2014 11:11 AM
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Jul
14

Common Language, Education, and Nation Building

(Translation by Elene Grdzelidze) Back in the middle of the 19th century, Georgia was much more fragmented and unequal than today. It was a society consisting of a huge mass of illiterate peasants (mostly serfs working the lands of their lords and the church), a sliver of urban population (large parts of which, particularly in Tbilisi, were not ethnically Georgian), and a relatively large proportion (up to 5%) of nobility, organized according to a rigid hierarchical system and controlling much of the country’s land. The beginning of Georgia’s national re...
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Guest — Eric Livny
I very much agree, Florian. I would also add another aspect. In another country we both know very well (Israel), there is another ... Read More
Monday, 14 July 2014 4:04 PM
Guest — Florian Biermann
Elites can be parasitic or constructive, and while in a feudal society they tend to be on the parasitic side, it was a great custo... Read More
Monday, 14 July 2014 3:03 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
Thanks, Randy! It is indeed interesting how Sweden resolved the tension between private and public schooling:From Wikipedia:"Prior... Read More
Tuesday, 15 July 2014 6:06 AM
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Jun
27

The Roots of Education are Bitter... is its Fruit all that Sweet?

In his famous “Advice to Scholars”, David Guramishvili wrote (translation by Venera Urushadze): If you seek happiness and good, First taste the bitterness of gall, For bitter roots yield sweetest fruits, And honest labour blesses all. Guramishvili is a passionate advocate of learning not as a means of getting a better job or achieving any other pragmatic objective. For him, the fruit of education is sweet because “wisdom to the wise brings calm and makes him master of his lot”. Learning is thus seen a goal in and of itself. Judging by today’s r...
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May
12

Removing Educational Bottlenecks

Speaking with managers of companies operating in Georgia, one frequently hears complaints about a lack of certain specialists in the Georgian labor market. For instance, firms operating in the construction sector are often forced to hire foreign experts, as they do not find sufficiently qualified engineers and architects in Georgia. The shortage is particularly pressing in technical subjects and the sciences. The mere existence of this problem contradicts conventional economic wisdom. If there are certain qualifications not available in the labor market ...
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May
02

Education That Matters

Cuba’s Fidel Castro once famously said about his country: “Even our prostitutes have university degrees”. While we don’t know about prostitutes, something similar could be said about Georgia. Virtually all Georgians have university degrees, and, as every frequent user of taxi services knows, there are Georgian taxi drivers who have two of them. Yet Georgia’s permeation with human capital  is even more impressive than in Cuba, because Cubans were sent to schools by government command, while Georgians chose to become so literate just by their own moti...
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Guest — uli
In general I agree with your assessment, but I wonder why you missed some important points concerning university education. 1. Yo... Read More
Friday, 02 May 2014 11:11 PM
Guest — Tamar Khitarishvili
Your blog raises a lot of interesting points. I would like to address one related to the link between wages and the quality of edu... Read More
Monday, 05 May 2014 7:07 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
Dear Tamar, many thanks for your very thoughtful comments. I very much agree with the main thrust of your argument, namely, that G... Read More
Friday, 09 May 2014 5:05 PM
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