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Center for the Study of Economic Culture

The Center was created to carrying research in the field of economic culture.


In the new economic conditions (globalization, consumption growth, imbalances) the Center’s mission is to research the interdependence between economic system on the one side and social, political and cultural environment on the other side.  The emphasis on the economic culture draws attention to empirical as well as theoretical and methodological research, and promotes new socio-economic concept schemes, summarizing at a new level achievements of economic theory, political science, sociology and other disciplines.

Conduct of research in the field of economic culture will help to properly describe such problems  as the connection of economic and political structure of the society (market, state–democracy and authoritarianism), rethinking the links between value systems and economic structure, value systems and cultural-technological conditions, on the one hand, and evolution of economic-theoretic and, in a broader sense, societal knowledge on the other hand, detection of the roots of regional backwardness and imbalances, failures in reforms perception and implementation, studying actual consuming culture.

Research plans

  • Development of methodology (panel research, analytical narrative etc.) and conduct of empirical research, accumulation of qualitative and quantitative data regarding correlation of economy, politics and culture taking into account such factors as power and violence, spread of impersonal relations, NGOs, value systems, civil society institutions etc
  • Revision of the foundations of the economic theory based on a more relevant and realistic understanding of human behavior in economy, society and culture. That’s why revision of history of economic thought, especially the study of so called non-orthodox economic theories is to be done
  • New, non-mainstream and interdisciplinary approaches to economic theories and real-world impact of economic policies, with particular focus on "inherent" financial fragility of the capitalist economic system and its repercussions in the real economy, including international financial architecture, monetary and trade policy (In cooperation with the Levy Institute)
  • Cultural, religious and institutional factors of social and economic development of Russia and Russian regions; the impact of economic culture on the efficiency of national government
  • Study of consuming culture in the new economy and cultural foundations of modern capitalism; comparative analysis and critique of economic ideologies and worldviews
  • Study of interrelationships between economics and ethics, correlation between economy and religion in the context of secularization hypothesis
  • Study of the image and reflection of the economy in culture and art