Category: Editorial Picks

0

іМоRе # 51. An ambiguous start to the year: anti-reforms prevented the manifestation of a decent result

The index for monitoring of reforms (iMoRe) remains low. Assessment of reforms progress for December 19, 2016 – January 8, 2017 is only +0.8 points out of a possible +5.0 points. Progress was observed in public administration reform, public finances and the business environment. Even though these areas have benefitted from a number of progressive legislative actions, the index value is low due to several anti-reforms.

0

Ukrainian Catastrophe: No Large Group of People Has Seen Its Income Grow Compared to 1989. Sergey Guriev’s Lecture

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has produced a large-scale “Transition Report 2016-2017”, which considers in detail how the transition to a market economy has affected the welfare, life satisfaction and even the height of the population of transition countries.
In Ukraine, the report was presented by Sergey Guriev, the EBRD’s Chief Economist. VoxUkraine has recorded his lecture that took place on November 23, 2016, at Kyiv School of Economics.

0

iMoRe # 50. Anniversary Issue, and No Surprise: The Index Is +1

Progress in reforming the banking sector and road infrastructure has positively influenced iMoRe – the index for monitoring of reforms. For December 5 – December 18 iMoRe reached a score of +1.0 out of a possible +5 points. Experts noted the progress in the reforms of the monetary sphere, public administration, public finance and energy sector.

0

Reformers’ Alphabet of 2016: What Important Events Hide Behind Each Letter 2016

What was that year about? Have there been any real economic breakthroughs? Has anything important happened that will define the country’s development? We have sought answers by looking at more than 220 analytical articles that were published at VoxUkraine in 2016. The findings suffice to construct an alphabet. Here are the most important events of 2016 that illustrate the changes that have (or have not) happened in Ukraine. Full text is available in Ukrainian.

0

Which Ministers of Hroysman’s Government Have Managed to Keep their Promises

How efficient has the government of Volodymyr Hroysman been? Have the ministries had more work and have they managed to do it well? We sought to answer these questions by analysing the implementation of the government’s program. It turns out that the Ministry of Sport is the best in keeping its promises, yet its goals and tasks are far from ambitious. The Ministry of Internal Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Finance, are also among the leaders. Yet even the leaders failed to meet more than 25% of their targets. Another problem is the uneven distribution of tasks between the ministries, as the Ministry of Economy is responsible for almost a third of the tasks. The government is becoming less transparent as its ministries are less willing to reply to requests and share information. Full text is available in Ukrainian and Russian.

0

iMoRe # 49. Improvements Before The New Year: A Simplified Business Environment

The index for monitoring reforms (iMoRe) increased slightly due to significant positive changes in the sphere of deregulation. Experts’ assessment of progress of reforms for November 21 through December 4 is +0.9 points, out of a possible +5 points. The main driver of this increase was reform in business environment, and some changes that occurred in public finance and the monetary sphere.

0

“Industrial Parks”: Falling into the Same Trap Once Again?

Recently, the Verkhovna Rada adopted two new laws regarding industrial parks (№2554а-d, №2555а-d). These new pieces of legislation provide tax and customs incentives for the industrial enterprises that occupy Ukraine’s industrial parks. Is this a good or bad development? What insights can economic theory and international experience provide?

0

Airline On-Time Performance Ranking for Boryspil Airport

For the past two months, VoxUkraine recorded data about all departures from Boryspil Airport. The result is the first independent airline on-time performance ranking in Ukraine. It somewhat differs from the ranking published by Boryspil airport. You will find out which airlines to steer away from when planning connections and business meetings immediately after landing.