Dean’s Lecture Series in 2022
Economic Returns to Skills in Kazakhstan in the Context of International Comparisons by Saule Kemelbayeva, Dean of the ISE.
The study examines the economic returns to literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills in adults in Kazakhstan with the OECD data. Unlike in other countries, the returns to skills are neither economically nor statistically significant. This finding, however, is fully driven by the public sector of the economy, while in the private sector the skills significantly improve one’s earnings. The returns to formal education accounting for skills are comparable in public and private sectors. This likely causes the outflow of most productive workers to the private sector and question the efficiency of the public sector of the economy in Kazakhstan.
Educated into Sinophilia? How Kazakh Graduates/Students of Chinese Universities Perceive China by Zhanibek Arynov, Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Nazarbayev University
This article examines perceptions of China and contributes to the ongoing academic debate on Sinophobia in Central Asia. However, unlike existing studies, it specifically focuses on perceptions of those, who have first-hand China experience – Kazakh students/graduates of Chinese universities. Based on in-depth interviews with them, the article argues that those with first-hand China experience tend to reject the China threat theory, found to be widespread among the general population. Instead, China educated Kazakh youth perceive China mostly as an economic opportunity for their own country. Yet, this does not necessarily make them Sinophiles in the sense that they still express certain concerns related to their country’s potential over-dependence on China. But more interestingly, they see China as the “civilizational other.” This perceived civilisational abyss even among the more-informed segments of the population appears to be one of the main causes of the alienation of China and the Chinese in Kazakhstan.
Applying Quantitative Methods in Business Research
HSE welcomes Master’s students and researchers to the webinar series.
If you are a positivist and are in love with numbers, logic, and an objective stance, please join our next webinar “Applying quantitative methods in business research” by Natalya Radko. Natalya is a PhD researcher at Henley Business School. Her research focuses on analysing and evaluating entrepreneurial outcomes of universities and companies. In addition to being a teaching assistant at Henley Business School, as part of her PD scholarship, Natalya is a manager within the Creative Spark: Higher Education Enterprise Programme. This is a five-year British Council initiative to support partnerships to develop enterprise skills and creative economy across seven countries in Central Asia and South Caucasus.
Business owners are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty. Luckily, quantitative techniques enable them to make the best estimates and thus minimize the risks associated with a particular decision.
Webinar will introduce students to Regression as one of the techniques for quantitative data analysis in order to understand the behaviour and performance of a business. We will go through different type of regression analysis based on data types.
A Day In The Life of A Data Scientist
HSE welcomes students and researchers to our webinar series. The next webinar ” ” is conducted by Eduardo Gonzalo Almorox, Data Scientist, The Olympic Channel Services, Madrid, Spain.
Data scientist and economist with more than 12 years of international and multicultural experience in research and data analytics. Specialized in the design of tools that enable the collection of social data and the application of (quasi) experimental techniques to evaluate different types of strategies.
Eduardo uses machine learning and statistical models to provide interpretable business insights from complex data and communicate craft solutions to technical and non-technical audiences.
Quasi-experimental methods: how to address causal questions with observational micro-data?
“In an ideal world, the best thing to establish causality between two phenomena is to run an experiment. The reality (especially, in social studies) is often too complex for experiments. However, observational data sometimes could be treated as experimental data. In this session, I will briefly go through the basics of the main quasi-experimental methods such as matching, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity design, difference-in-differences, and panel data methods, explain them intuitively, and provide you with references for further self-studies.
The seminar is for a wide audience interested in quantitative methods, understanding basic OLS regression is preferable.” – Saule Kemelbayeva, Dean of HSE.
Introduction To Case Method
HSE welcomes Master’s students and researchers to the research webinars series.
Our next speaker is Dr. Anjan Ghosh, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, and Director of Silk Road Case Center, Narxoz University.
Case Method consists of case study research, authoring case studies and case method of teaching. Undertaking case study projects helps students to develop and apply decision-making skills through structured scientific approach. Converting such projects to scientific case studies strengthens a student’s CV. Such studies, when published, establishes a student as both an analyst and research scholar opening opportunities in the job market as well as in higher studies.
For faculty members, case method teaching helps them to make learning more participatory and engaging. Case method research may help them to undertake reflexive research and strengthen both teaching and publishing.
In “Introduction to Case Method” – Anjan helps the audience to explore the world of Case Teaching, Case Research and Case Authoring.
A Social Perspective on Exchange in a Sharing Economy: Structural Equation Modeling
HSE KAZGUU is pleased to invite researchers and postgraduate students to a webinar by Dinara Davlembayeva, Associate Research Fellow at Newcastle University Business School: “A Social Perspective on Exchange in a Sharing Economy: Structural Equation Modeling”. Dinara has over seven years of professional and academic experience in marketing and research. Dinara’s research interests mainly include the application of innovative technologies in people’s lives, consumer behavior in online communities and the impact of online systems on social organizations.
With consumers’ growing reliance on the sharing economy (represented by Airbnb, Couchsurfing, Time Banking, etc.), there is still little evidence in the literature about the factors driving exchange in this sector of the “economy.” Given the gaps in the literature, at the webinar, Dinara will present the results of research work aimed at studying psychological and social motives, as well as the impact of the sharing economy on social integration and subjective perception of the quality of life.
An Introduction to Geospatial Analysis Using R
Daliya Kaskyrbaeyva is currently working on her research at the University of Leeds. Her research focus is on assessing the impact of provider payment reforms on hospital productivity in Kazakhstan. She has also collaborated on a range of health economics research projects such as health costing model and voluntary health insurance; and provided methodological support to the Ministry of Health and local authorities in Kazakhstan.
This seminar is designed to provide an introduction to handling, analysing and visualising geospatial data using various R packages.
· Introduction to geospatial data
· Preparing data for mapping: download, upload and merge data (15’)
· Mapping using Kazakhstan map: bubble maps, choropleth maps (15’)
· Bonus: interactive maps
How to supervise Master’s dissertations
We would like to thank Professor Richard T. Griffiths, Leiden University, for the webinar: “How to supervise Master’s dissertations”. He shared his experience and expertise in managing the research process of postgraduate students.
At Leiden Richard set up the MA in European Union Studies and the BA in International Studies. His expertise lies in the field of European integration and in the critical analysis of the data employed in social science and economics analyses. He is one of the few academics who remembers when writing was done with a pen and a set of index cards. He enjoys syllabus design and experimenting with new innovatory teaching methods. Prof. Richard Griffiths graduated in economic history and Russian studies at Swansea University College and holds a PhD in History from Cambridge University.
It was an interesting and stimulating discussion for our colleagues from HSE KAZGUU and other Kazakhstani universities.
Impact of Provider Payment Reforms on Hospital Productivity in Kazakhstan: An Interrupted Times Series Analysis by Daliya Kaskirbayeva, Assistant Professor at the ISE
Worldwide demand for enhanced hospital productivity has propelled the implementation of new provider payment schemes across many countries. The impact of these hospital payment reforms on hospital productivity is, however, rather under-researched. This research aimed to address this evidence gap by conducting two case studies on provider payment reforms in Kazakhstan. Two quasi-experimental designs, a controlled interrupted series approach and a single interrupted time-series were used to evaluate the immediate and delayed impacts of the newly introduced provider payment policies: diagnosis-related groups and global budgets. The studies suggest that the two hospital payment systems that were consequently introduced in Kazakhstan had a limited effect on hospital productivity.
Scopus and ScienceDirect: basic principles and new opportunities and How to get published in the international peer-reviewed journals by Botakoz Suleimenova, Official Trainer of Elsevier in Central Asia
The webinar provided students with the basic research skills and give strategy on how to work in Scopus. The seminar was tasked with explaining scientific metrics to make better decisions and how to find people for collaboration. The webinar gives an overview what is CiteScore or percentile and answers all of your questions. Another topic addresses understanding of publication requirements and procedures as well as an approach in finding a suitable journal.
Let’s Talk Research seminars, organized by Higher School of Economics of KAZGUU University, intend to provide an overview of skills, best practices and life hacks to start and finish international publication projects.
Higher School of Economics of M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University hosted an online ‘Let’s Talk Research’ seminar with topic “How to address the problem of predatory publications?” on 1 March 2021. Dr. Martin Srholec (Deputy Director of Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education – Economics Institute of Charles University and the Economics Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences), Dr Bulat Kenessov (Director of Center of Physicochemical Methods of Research and Analysis and Professor of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University) and Dr. Ikboljon Qoraboyev (Associate Professor of International Relations of Higher School of Economics of M. Narikbayev KAZGUU University) explained different aspects of the problem of predatory publishing and discussed best ways and strategies to address this problem. More than 100 participants from different Kazakhstani and foreign Universities took part in the webinar.
Dr. Martin Srholec underlined that phenomenon of predatory publications is a global problem for academia today and there is a need for a collaborative action against predatory publishing which must bring together higher education policy makers, Universities and scholars.
Dr. Bulat Kenessov discussed efforts to fight predatory publications in Kazakhstan. He underlined that Kazakhstan has implemented a set of measures to reduce number of predatory publications by authors from Kazakhstan. As a result of these measures, share of publications of Kazakhstani authors in journals which were discontinued in Scopus fell down from 38.4% (1st place) in 2016 to 10.9% (5th place) in 2020. However, he noted that this situation is still unsatisfactory and Kazakhstan must target to bring down share of predatory publications to 1% in order to reach level of advanced countries.
Dr. Ikboljon Qoraboyev explained that phenomenon of predatory publications is taking oversized form in post-Soviet countries. He highlighted four major levels which explain why authors publish low-quality articles in predatory and suspicious journals. These factors are related to policy level, institutional level, individual level and market level. Pressure to publish a high number of publications in short time is leading researchers to ignore these important steps of the process of preparing academic articles. There is a need to strengthen process-focused approach to publishing in order to reduce problem of predatory publications. For this, public agencies and Universities must provide more training and support to researchers.
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The first lecture was held within Let’s talk research seminar on October 25th, 2019.
Professor Ikboljon Qoraboev spoke about the importance of publishing in an academic and research career, publishing strategies in international publications, and demonstrated practical tools that every researcher needs.
The Higher School of Economics would like to thank Professor Ikboljon Qoraboyev for promoting research culture.
HSE Master’s students participated in the KIMEP International Research Conference 2021 on April 9th, Friday.
The topic of the conference was “Business, Economy and Society: Challenges in the Post-Pandemic Era”.
Our students’ papers were reviewed and accepted for the session on Human Resources where the labor market was explored both from HR and Economics perspective.
Adi Taichakov and Arman Olzhabayev (Master’s in Finance program) presented a paper “Analyzing the Labor Market Conditions in Kazakhstan Through the Lens of the COVID-19 Pandemic”. Alibi Zhabykpay (Master’s in HRM program) discussed the issue of “Development of successful HR brand”.
We wish our students good luck in their further research activities.
HSE would like to congratulate Adi Taichakov and Arman Olzhabayev (Both Master’s in Finance programme students) on their victory at the science conference “NarXoz Student Research 2021”!
“It is my pleasure to inform you that our research project “Forecasting the Long-Term Employment in Kazakhstan” has received the first place on the “NarXoz Student Research 2021” science conference. Among more than 80 research papers selected from the various Kazakhstani universities in the first stage of selection, our paper has become one of the eight works in the “Economics” section which received the right to be presented in front of the conference committee & participants on the 11th of March (after passing the second stage of selection, which included the face-to-face interview with the organizing committee).
On the online conference, there were many interesting research projects, and I believe we managed to receive the first place not only due to the quality of our work (which is work in progress, but still managed to impress the committee), but also due to our confident answers during the Q&A, where we demonstrated the detailed understanding of the topic. Arman and I would like to thank Dr. Saule Kemelbayeva for guidance in this project that made this achievement possible” said Adi Taichakov.