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One Notch More Attractive to Investors with Deep Pockets

Just recently, a rare occurrence made the headlines in Georgia: Moody’s Investors Service upgraded the government of Georgia’s local and foreign currency issuer ratings first time in seven years, to Ba2 from Ba3, with commentary that the outlook remains stable. This news was met with great excitement, but was soon overshadowed by the unfortunate news of Georgia’s downgrade on the Global Competitiveness Indicators, without fully appreciating or understanding the significance of the Moody's upgrade. SO WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT? Moody's Investors Service provid...
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Make Kutaisi Great Again!

Have you ever heard about a mysterious law that predicts the size of a city? If you tell me the population of the largest city in a country, I can tell you the size of the second and third biggest cities. In 1949, George Zipf came up with the simple theory called the rank-size rule, or “Zipf 's law.” Applied to the size of cities, this law says that the second city and following smaller cities should represent a proportion of the largest city. For example, if the largest city in a country is populated with one million citizens, according to the law, the ...
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Florian Biermann
Interesting article. Maybe the 30% of Kutaisis population that left the city were the members of the Kutaisi Clan.
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 8:08 AM
Simon Appleby
London until the 1950s was not just the capital of England (or the United Kingdom). It was the capital of the British Empire. So m... Read More
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 12:12 PM
Ia Katsia
Thank you, Florian for your comment. There is of course no official statistics about affiliation of migrants from Kutaisi. It cou... Read More
Wednesday, 01 March 2017 3:03 PM
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Marriage: Till Death Do Us Part(?)

  Premise: I have to admit from the beginning that I am not married myself, thus what is written below is an outsider’s insights into explaining the phenomena of marriage. Marriage is a phenomenon strongly intertwined within our culture and everyday life. It is almost a “must do” thing in Georgian traditional society, and it has to be approved either by religious authority or by the state, or both. A recent study about Georgian youth entitled “Generation in Transition, Youth Study Georgia – 2016” by the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung, shows the 14-29 age ...
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Eric Livny
When economists start analyzing love and marriages... A great, thought provoking peace, Maka! Let me comment from the perspective... Read More
Thursday, 23 February 2017 4:04 AM
Guest — ArchilBakuradze
Wonderful piece. Congratulations! I should admit I have just realized that what is called an individual loan in the microfinance w... Read More
Thursday, 23 February 2017 5:05 AM
Salome Gelashvili
Very nice piece, Maka!In my view cohabitation and marriage are the same things. Official marriage just comes with an extra piece o... Read More
Thursday, 23 February 2017 8:08 AM
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The Paradox of Soviet Excellence

Here is a question that has bothered me for a while and I am surprised that nobody else seems to have asked it before: How comes Western countries had the better orchestras (collectives) and Soviet Union the better classical music soloists during the Cold War? Would one not expect the contrary? And, perhaps more importantly: can economists learn something relevant from this observation? MUSIC AND SPORTS There were great orchestras both in the East and in the West and one could argue endlessly who were the greatest soloists. However, Van Cliburn is still ...
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Guest — Gia Bib
Interesting viewpoint, however I would restrain from generalizations. In terms of orchestras, for instance it is a well known fact... Read More
Friday, 15 May 2015 12:12 PM
Guest — Eric Livny
I would agree with Gia that such a sweeping generalization may be difficult to defend. The individualistic West produced plenty of... Read More
Friday, 15 May 2015 2:02 PM
Guest — mfmsm
Yes, you highlight some of the very best parts of Communism. What was wrong was the unaccountability of the oligarchy, and the des... Read More
Friday, 15 May 2015 8:08 PM
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