Center for Market Studies and Spatial Economics was founded in 2011, orignially led by Jacques Francois Thisse (CORE, Catholic University of Louvain). The Center was created under the grant agreement with the Government of Russian Federation within the program aimed at financial support and development of research supervised by leading scientists at Russian universities. The decision to found the Center for Market Theory and Spatial Economics was made on September 30, 2011 at a meeting of the HSE Academic Council, minutes No. 27.
On the Russian side, the key role in the formation of the Center belongs to researchers from Novosibirsk: Evgeny Zhelobodko from Novosibirsk State University and Sergey Kokovin from the Sobolev Institue of Mathematics.
The main direction of the Center's activity is fundamental research in market structure theory with an emphasis on applying developed theories to international trade, industrial organization and urban economics. Papers by the Center's staff in the mentioned area of research have been published in renowned journals such as Econometrica, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Urban Economics and Papers in Regional Science (34 publications in journals indexed by Web of Science during 2012 - 2015). One of the key objectives of the Center for the next three years is development of empirical component of research.
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