The aim of this training project is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research or government services and to prepare researchers for active participation in the analysis of the fundamental economic questions facing mixed-market regulated and tra nsition economies. The programme is designed to ensure that students acquire rigorous and state of the art knowledge of core areas of economic theory and research methodology and to offer them research opportunities under close supervision. Instead of sett ing out the theory in an abstract mathematical way, we believe that there is a strong case for reversing the usual order by conveying the concepts of economic theory through the medium of their use and application market regulation and to the problem faced by formerly centrally-planned economies in their transition to the market economy. The proposed project will provide state-of-the-art training in the fields of public policy, industrial organization and transition economics. These fields of modern econom ics are complementary and closely related in several respects. In particular they enjoy a dual status of leading economic fields from an academic point of view and of important sources of guidance for key public policy issues into one of the most interest ing and important areas of economic transition in the world. In addition, their reliance on the same advanced methodology is one of the contributing factors to their suitability for joint advanced training. The fields under consideration provide the intell ectual background and expertise for effective decision-making in such critical areas of public policy as industrial policy, antitrust, regulation, taxation, labor market programs, economic decentralization, and institutional design of transition economies. By providing effective training in the proposed fields with the highest standards to future academic and public sector personnel, this program will make a contribution to the quality of public policy in EU.
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