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The Upcoming four trillion-dollar infrastructure Gold Rush

The Upcoming four trillion-dollar infrastructure Gold Rush

Developing country governments will need to spend $4 trillion dollars in the upcoming decades. Such large-scale represents a large opportunity for construction and architectural firms, as well as professional money managers and retail investors, argues Dr. Bryane Michael, Senior Research Fellow of the Skolkovo Institute for Emerging Market Studies. Read more

Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword?

Soft Power: A Double-Edged Sword?

In 2012 the SKOLKOVO Institute for Emerging Market Studies (SIEMS) released its first Index of Soft Power, examining an increasingly popular concept in the context of emerging economies. As shown earlier, in the intervening time since it was published, the performance of various countries has changed relative to others, causing a change in the rankings. However, from an analytical standpoint, the more important change that has occurred over the past two years has been an evolution in the thinking about soft power and what it encapsulates. As international attention toward the concept has increased, so too has the understanding both... Read more

Playing the Shadowy World of Emerging Market Shadow Banking

Playing the Shadowy World of Emerging Market Shadow Banking

While regulators around the world look to fight shadow banking, many lenders can profit from it. In our recent report, Playing the Shadowy World of Emerging Market Shadow Banking, IEMS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Bryane Michaeldescribes how family and institutional lenders can take advantage of shadow banking opportunities in emerging markets. Read more

Market Attractiveness Index for FDI: Different entry modes

Market Attractiveness Index for FDI: Different entry modes

What is driving the move towards one mode of entry over another? For the most part, country-specific attributes create conditions that make one entry mode more preferred. However, up until this point, we have had little consolidated data on the “appropriate” entry mode for a specific country. The author, former IEMS Senior Research Fellow Dr. Nan Zhou, tries to fill this gap through the development of two national level indexes: Read more

Differentiating for Success: Securing top talent in the BRICs

Differentiating for Success: Securing top talent in the BRICs

If companies are to be more successful in their approach to recruiting and retaining talented employees in emerging markets they need to understand what professionals value from them as employers, by country and by profession. A new IEMSjoint project with Ernst & Young “Differentiating for success: securing top talent in the BRICs,” launched today surveys 1,109 professionals in the BRICs – Brazil, Russia, India and China – and reveals the drivers of satisfaction, engagement and retention for each market.  Across the BRICs, the following drivers are outlined:  Brazil: Promote a high energy and socially oriented culture Russia: Offer individuals career growth and positive work... Read more

Evaluating Emerging Markets in the Post-Crisis Period: A new methodology

Evaluating Emerging Markets in the Post-Crisis Period: A new methodology

The 2008-2009 global recession and ongoing financial crisis has been a transformative epoch.  The conventional wisdom is that while the developed nations have clearly come out of the crisis significantly weakened both economically and financially, the emerging markets have sailed through the crisis with little collateral damage.  The author finds this is not necessarily the case and develops a new research methodology to evaluate emerging economies in the post –crisis period. The paper lists the five economic drivers that will differentiate emerging market winners from losers.  These are: Technological adaptability – There is early evidence that the “digital divide” between developed... Read more

The Growth Elixir: Excaping the Middle-Income Trap in Emerging Markets

The Growth Elixir: Excaping the Middle-Income Trap in Emerging Markets

There are few places in the world where quality of life was not better in 2010 than in 1960, although certain regions have shown incredible success and others have stagnated. Growth paths have not been self-sustaining in many countries, with plateau effects after attaining certain thresholds of per capita income. This phenomenon has been observed in nearly every region of the world and at every income level. Researchers from the World Bank have dubbed this problem of fading growth “the middle-income trap.” With the bulk of emerging markets now approaching middle-income status, and given the reality of slower growth for... Read more

Commentary
01/10/2014, 10:13

Commentary by Dmitry Ontoev originally published in Korean in R Magazine, special Russia-themed supplement to Joongang Sunday.