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Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions (CSDSI)

Invited researcher Shlomo Weber
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As of 30.01.2020

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Name of the project: Studying diversity and social interactions with a focus on economics and society of Russia

Strategy for Scientific and Technological Development Priority Level: ж

Goals and objectives

Research directions: Humanities and social studies

Project objective: Studying diversity of society in the whole spectrum of its manifestations and evaluating its impact on social and economical development of Russian society

The practical value of the study

  • We have formulated and proven theories reflecting features of nonhomogeneous preferences of society
  • Our researchers have proposed ways of integrating data on languages, culture and other aspects of diversity in Russian regions into a common pool of regional statistical data
  • Impact of propagation of information in social networks on people's inclination to act in cooperation has been shown
  • We have o brained quantitative estimates of influence of natural resources on economical development in the circumstances of diversity of Russian regions
  • The Laboratory has studied axiomatic foundations and theoretical properties of indexes of social and economical inhomogeneity of society
  • New generalizations have been proposed for modifications of known indexes that are used in research of inhomogeneity of society at international, state and regional level including practice-oriented research of Russian regions
  • We have shown long-term influence of diversity of society on contemporary social and economical development of Russian regions (for instance, we have determined regional features that have existed over the last century and were caused by Stolypin reforms of the early 20th century)
  • Our Laboratory has shown that collectivity, language, common imperial past, presence of similar or common ethnic groups influences activity of trading between countries

Implemented results of research: Achieved results are used in applied social and economical research as well as in building various regional development indexes accounting for factors of inhomogeneity of population (including ethnic, regional, language and cultural differences)

Education and career development:

  • We have conducted 7 international scientific conferences that have been attended by researchers from 25 countries:

1. International scientific conference «Culture, diversity and development» (Moscow, 18–19 October 2013);

2. International scientific conference «Diversity of society and state policies» (Moscow, 14–15 December 2013);

3. International scientific conference «Role of history and diversity in understanding economic development» (Moscow, 9–10 October 2015);

4. International conference of the Network association of universities on coalition game theory (Moscow, 19–20 May 2016);

5. International scientific conference «Social interactions, institutional norms and economic development» (Moscow, 21–22 October 2016);

6. International scientific conference OLIGO «Optimal behaviour of companies and game theory modeling of competition» (Moscow, 1–2 June 2017);

7. International scientific conference «Role of institutes and diversity in economic development» (Moscow, 15–16 December 2017).

  • We have organized 9 scientific schools in Moscow and regions of Russia that have been attended by 900 people:

1. Winter scientific school «Social networks and diversity of society» (Moscow, 9–13 December 2013);.

2. Summer scientific school «Diversity of society, social networks and economic development» (Yelabuga, 24–28 June 2014);

3. 2nd Winter scientific school «Influence of cultural and social diversity on economic development» (Suzdal, 8–12 December 2014);

4. 2nd summer scientific school «Culture, institutes and diversity» (Gremyachinsk, 22–27 June 2015);

5. 3rd winter scientific school «Culture, regional diversity and social interactions» (Vladivostok, 7–11 December 2015);

6. 3rd summer scientific school «sociocultural and economic development of regions: eastern vector» (Krasnoyarsk, 11–16 July 2015);

7. 4th winter scientific school «Cultural diversity and inequality of income» (Yekaterinburg, 15–19 December 2016);

8. International summer scientific school of the Center for the Study of Diversity and Social Interactions and the Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group of the University of Chicago «Social and economic inequality» (Moscow, 28 August – 1 September 2017);

9. 5th winter scientific school «Role of institutes and diversity in economic development» (Moscow, 12–16 December 2017).

  • We have conducted 3 seminar schools for young researchers and students:

1. Scientific school and seminar «Mechanisms design: new products, new markets, new models» (Moscow, 23–27 November 2015);

2. 2nd school and seminar «Networks and social interactions» (Moscow, 15–19 November 2016);.

3. 3rd school and seminar «Imperfect markets: fixing, networks, crowdfunding» (Moscow, 30 October – 2 November 2017).

  • 10 new education courses devoted to results of our research have been launched

Organizational and structural changes:

On the basis of the Laboratory a computational cluster (a system for distributed computations) has been created

Other results:

Works of the Laboratory became the basis of the presentation by the Center for Strategic Research «Sociocultural factor of innovative development and successful implementation of instrumental transformations».


  • Association for Public Economic Theory – APET (USA), Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Global Working Group of the University of Chicago – HCEO (USA), Network association of universities in coalition game theory – CTN University of Glasgow (UK), Aix-Marseille University) (France), Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (Italy), Maastricht University(the Netherlands), University of Paris -1 (France), «Market, Organizations and Votes in Economics» Center (Spain), Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), Vanderbilt University (USA), University of Namur (Belgium), Far Eastern Federal University (Russia), Kazan Federal University (Russia), Siberian Federal University (Russia), Ural Federal University (Russia), Voronezh State University (Russia): joint scientific events

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Dower P., Markevich A.
History of Resistance to Privatization in Russia. Journal of Comparative Economics 42: 855–873 (2014).
Musatov D., Savvateev A., Weber S.
Gale–Nikaido–Debreu and Milgrom–Shannon: Communal interactions with endogenous community structures. Journal of Economic Theory 166: 282–303 (2016).
Gokmen G.
Clash of Civilizations and the Impact of Cultural Differences on Trade. Journal of Development Economics 127: 449–458 (2017).
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