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This dissertation contains three essays focused on macroeconomic issues in the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS). Two essays, which analyse recent monetary and inflation issues in the CIS, contribute to empirical studies in the area of monetary economics of countries under transition. The third essay explores, formally and empirically, a link between labor market regulations and international trade and proposes a possible area of trade specialization for a number of countries as, for example, landlocked economies in Central Asia (CA). The important theoretical point to be gained from this essay is that there are very clear reasons for international trade between similar or identical countries, even between markets that are competitive. Namely, the rational for international trade can be based on, apart from the standard concept of differences in productivities, differences in labor market regulations among countries.
Essays on Monetary Integration, Inflation, and Trade Competitiveness
Commonwealth Independent States
Delivery date:between Friday, November 30 and Tuesday, December 4