Policy Research / KEI

Kyiv Economics Institute (KEI) is a research institution established in 2005 which produces international quality advanced academic and policy relevant research outputs in the field of Economics and Economic Development.

During 2005-2012 KEI has built excellence in research and policy advice in economics and governance and has provided Ukraine with a new channel for strategic research and evidence-based policy decision-making. Our team includes qualified economists with academic degrees from leading Western universities, who continue their research in Ukraine.

Starting from January 2013 KEI is operating as a research branch of the Kyiv School of Economics (KSE).

Our areas of expertise:

  • Impact evaluation of projects and economic policy
  • Regional economy and the economy of local governance
  • Economics of labor markets
  • Health economics and population studies
  • Economic development (migration)
  • International trade
  • Financial markets

Contact information:
Ivanna Kurtyk, Administrative Director, ikurtyk@kse.org.ua


Project Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer (EXCEPT)

(on-going project)
(2015 - 2018)

Project Social Exclusion of Youth in Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer (EXCEPT) - is a three year research project within Horizon 2020, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme.KSE Members that are taking part in the project: Dr. Hanna Vakhitova, Dr. Olena Nizalova and Natalia Shapoval.

Capacity Development for Evidence-Based Land & Agricultural Policy Making (starting from February 2015)

(on-going project)
Project is going to be launched in February 2015

The main objective of the Project is to upgrade the capacity for evidence-based policy making in the: 
(1) Ministry of Agriculture of Ukraine (MoA), 
(2) State Agency for Land Resources (SALR) and 
(3) other Government agencies (including the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Registry Service)
(4) key stakeholders in the field of agriculture and land governance. 

USAID Leadership in Economic Governance (LEV) Program

(on-going project)
The USAID Leadership in Economic Governance (LEV) Program was launched in December 2014 and supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Program is implemented in partnership with the East Europe Foundation (EEF) and the Institute for Economic Research and Policy Consulting (IER). 

Research of the impact of socio-economic changes on factors of social vulnerability of children in Ukraine

(on-going project)

UNICEF is a UN agency aimed at improving standards of living of children. During 2014, Ukraine experienced a significant turmoil – external aggression and connected economic downturn, which certainly affected children and families with children. To find out how the changed economic circumstances affected the well-being of children, UNICEF announced a grant competition for a study (field and desk research). This project is going on since December 2014, funded by UNICEF. 

Costs and benefits of Labour Mobility between the EU and the Eastern partnership countries

(on-going project)
(since 2011)

The project is being fulfilled within ENPI (European neighbourhood and partnership instrument) Labour Migration 2012. The aim of this study is to analyse the current and potential costs and benefits of the labour migration from the Eastern Partnership Partner countries (EaP) to the EU for the labour markets of the EU and the Partner countries

Ukraine’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Development Program

(on-going project)
(since 2010)

The goal of the Public-Private Partnership (P3DP) Development Program for Ukraine is to promote the use of public-private partnerships, with an expanded role of private sector finance and operational expertise in publicinfrastructure development, to improve infrastructure and public services in both urban and rural areas.

Impact of services liberalization on productivity of manufacturing firms: evidence from the Ukrainian firm-level data

(on-going project)
(since 2010)

The project is prepared at the request of the World bank and introduces the study of the effects of services sector liberalization on performance of manufacturing firms

Climate Change Impact Assessment for International Food Market (CLIMARK)

(on-going project)
(since 2009)

Large interdisciplinary project that studies the climate change effect on international food market system

Feasibility Study Effectiveness of Public Health System (Programmes/Policies) in Combating Severe Population Health Crisis in Ukraine

(on-going project)
Ukraine faces the double burden of high rates of communicable diseases and rapidly escalating non-communicable diseases. The healthcare system in the country has remained virtually unchanged for years since independence in 1992 and the existing components of the Public Health system have never even been comprehensively studied. 

Open Budget Survey 2012

(2012, 2010, 2008)

The Open Budget Initiative (Initiative) is a global research and advocacy program to promote public access to budget information and the adoption of accountable budget systems

Effective Governance of Labour Migration and its Skills Dimension, International Labour Office (ILO)


The Project “Effective Governance of Labour Migration and its Skills Dimensions” seeks to develop the capacity of relevant actors in the Government, Parliament and Workers’ and Employers’ organizations to contribute to adequate migration management.

The On-line Regional Atlas of Economic Development and Investments in Ukraine (LINC-3)

(April 2011 – May 2012)

Atlas will be an on-line free resource that provides general and featured profile of rayons and cities of Ukraine as well as basic analytical support to potential investors, government officials and general public

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on Ukrainian primary education


KEI provided the Ukrainian part of research concerning the financial crisis impact on primary education within the frameworks of a 12 country-study of UNESCO

Implementing Food Safety Management Systems in Ukrainian Food Processing Enterprises. A Cost-Benefit Analysis


Report on “Implementing Food Safety Management Systems in Ukrainian Food Processing Enterprises. A Cost-Benefit Analysis” prepared for the IFC “Ukraine Food Safety Project”

The Dynamics of Returns to Education in Ukraine


Background paper prepared for the World Bank Country Economic Memorandum “Strategic Choices to Accelerate and Sustain Growth in Ukraine”

Local Investments and National Competitiveness (LINC)

(since 2009)

Analytical support of LINC project implementation, which is the USAID project with main focus on providing the cities and economic region with comprehensive assistance in gaining more competitiveness

The Sources of Regional Unemployment: A Decomposition Approach

“The sources of regional unemployment: a decomposition approach” project is focused on exploration of the unemployment issues in Ukraine within the frameworks of regional decomposition
into natural, structural and demand-driven unemployment

CITIES: An Analysis of the Post-Communist Experience


The KEI researchers were engaged into fulfillment of inter-regional project "Cities", the Project effectuated by the CIS and the CEE network which was aimed at studying of different aspects of regional development

The Political Economy of Reform – The Case of Ukrainian Labor Reform


Large comparative study of labor market reform within transition context, involving an international team of researchers. Main contractor - The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Liberalization of Electricity Market in Ukraine: Analysis and Implementation


The project studied the effects of liberalization - transition to a more competitive market organization - of the electricity market of Ukraine

Proposals for Ukraine: 2010 – Time for reforms


Independent International Experts Commission headed by Anders Aslund and Oleksandr Paskhaver prepared a reform program for a new President of Ukraine – “Proposals for Ukraine: 2010 – Time for Reforms”

Economic Impact of Local Economic Development (LED) Project in Ukraine: Structure of Project Evaluation Study and Preliminary results


The project started by USAID in 2004 and related to the evaluation of the regional economic development advantages

Impact Evaluation of the Modernization of Social Assistance for the Ministry of Labor (MOL)


The first KEI project for Ukrainian government focused on research of the social care system

Evaluation of the Impact of the Mother and Infant Health Project (MIHP) on Maternal and Infant Outcomes in Ukraine


It was the first fundamental research Program in the field of Health Economics in Ukraine which was to be fulfilled in 8 years and was aimed at introducing scientific practices of prenatal care and labor and delivery services for inhancing maternal and infant health

Editing volume of Municipal Economic Development Tools


It is the first international project on exploration of municipal development aimed at dissemination of the best practice in urban economic development among local government officials, extension specialists, economic developers, and researchers nationally and internationally

Economic and Social Consequences of Industrial Restructuring in Russia and Ukraine (ESCIRRU)


ESCIRRU is a EU-funded international research project aiming at studying of the interdependence of economic and social changes in Russia and Ukraine