Parental income and application decisions in post-secondary education

by Marja-Lisa Laukkonen
February, 2018

In 2018, the higher education institutions should no longer use entrance examinations that require extensive preparation and, instead, evaluate prospective students by their general upper secondary school (i.e. high school) matriculation examination grades. While the aim of the reform is to speed up the transition of students from secondary to post-secondary education, there are concerns … Continued

Commentary: The housing market and the macroeconomy

by Jagjit S. Chadha
February, 2018

It might only be just a little too strong to argue that the housing market dominates our national life. Whilst economists, if they consider housing at all, would think of the consumption of housing services as another aspect of the basket of goods and services bought, like clothing or food, most people would place the … Continued

From the Vikings to the EU. The role of the Baltic and the Black Sea cities in European integration

by Adam Balcer
January, 2018

For centuries, contacts between the Black and the Baltic seas were intensive and resulted in fascinating outcomes. This relatonship had an important contributon to the history of the whole Europe. Rediscovery of this rich heritage requires a stronger emphasis on the North-South axis in the European history and culture. Today, this legacy can serve as … Continued

How megatrends influence on public policies

by Maciej Bukowski, Aleksander Śniegocki
January, 2018

Demographic changes, technological progress and the resource and climate issues – these are areas on which the report “Megatrends: from acceptance to action” is focused. Lets read a publication of WiseEuropa dedicated to processes affecting the most important aspects of Poland’s development and energy policy.

Evaluation of PLC programme provision

by Seamus McGuinness, Adele Bergin, Elish Kelly, Selina McCoy, Emer Smyth, Dorothy Watson, Adele Whelan
January, 2018

New ESRI research finds that PLC courses have positive outcomes for students in terms of accessing employment and progressing to higher education. However, the study finds that PLC courses could be more responsive to changing labour market needs. The types of courses have not changed over time despite dramatic changes in the types of jobs … Continued

Multinationals, competition and productivity spillovers through worker mobility

by Katariina Nilsson Hakkala, Alessandro Sembenelli
January, 2018

Multinational firms are believed to impact the productivity of domestic firms through worker mobility. Fosfuri et al. (J Int Econ 53:205–222, 2001) suggest that worker mobility and technological spillovers are more likely to materialize when the local and the multinational firm do not compete fiercely in the product market. We assess empirically the importance of … Continued