February 24, 2023 marked one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The reconstruction of Ukraine cannot be about rebuilding the country to its pre-war state; rather, it should strive for a deep modernization of the country. All critical elements of the economy and society will have to undergo reforms to help Ukraine escape the post-Soviet legacy and become a full-fledged democracy with a modern economy, strong institutions, and a powerful defense sector. This presentation and discussion, based on the CEPR Paris Report: Rebuilding Ukraine: Principles and Policies (2022), addressed opportunities and challenges in this effort.
This event was co-sponsored by the Centre for Economic Policy Research, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles) - Public Policy House, and Global Economic Challenges Network at Georgetown University.
Micael Castanheira (moderator) is director for research of the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique and a professor of economics at the European Center for Advanced Research in Economics and Statistics, which is part of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. He is also a CEPR research fellow. Castanheira obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, and has been a post-doctoral fellow at Innocenzo Gasparini Institute for Economic Research (IGIER) at Bocconi University, Milan and a visiting scholar at New York University.
Yuriy Gorodnichenko is Quantedge Presidential Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his B.A. and M.A. at Economics Education and Research Consortium at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine; his Ph.D. is from the University of Michigan. Gorodnichenko is broadly interested in macroeconomics and issues related to transition economies, especially labor markets and firm performance. He serves on many editorial boards, including the Journal of Monetary Economics and VoxUkraine.
Veronika Movchan is a research director at the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER) in Kyiv, Ukraine. Her main research interests are trade policy, including WTO- and EU-related issues, regional integration, non-tariff measures, and policy modelling. Movchan is an associated consultant at Berlin Economics GmbH, Germany, as well as a member of the VoxUkraine editorial board and Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Development in Transition Economies’ (IAMO) scientific advisory board. She holds an M.A. in economics from the National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in Ukraine and was a visiting research fellow at Stanford University.
Tymofiy Mylovanov is the president of the Kyiv School of Economics. His research interests cover areas such as theory of games and contracts and institutional design. During the Revolution of Dignity, jointly with other leading economists of Ukraine and the world, he founded the VoxUkraine platform aimed to increase the level of economic discussion in Ukraine. Mylovanov graduated from Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 1997 and from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy in 1999, majoring in economic theory. In 2004 he received his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Alexander Pivovarsky is a director of the Capital and Financial Markets Development Department at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He joined the EBRD in 2008 as an economist. His career at the EBRD has included roles of deputy director in the president’s office, senior adviser in its corporate strategy department, and head of the bank’s resident office in Minsk, Belarus. Pivovarsky holds master’s and doctoral degrees in public policy from Harvard University and a diploma in history from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.