Sergei Guriev

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Sergei M. Guriev (Russian: Серге́й Маратович Гуриев, Ossetian: Гуриты Мараты фырт Серго) is a Russian economist. He was a Morgan Stanley Professor of Economics and a Rector at the New Economic School (NES) in Moscow until he resigned on 30 April 2013 and fled to France.[1] He joined NES in 1998 focusing on research and teaching and became a full-time permanent faculty member in 1999. He became the school's Rector in 2004. He was also teaching graduate courses in economics of development, microeconomic theory and contract theory.

His primary interests are in contract theory, corporate governance, labor mobility, political economics, economics of development and transition. His work is frequently published in various Russian and international journals, including American Economic Review, Journal of European Economic Association and Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is running a monthly column in Forbes Russia and a biweekly column for the leading Russian business daily Vedomosti. He has also contributed numerously to columns in the New York Times, SmartMoney, Moscow Times, and Expert. He is visiting professor of economics at the Instituts d'études politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris.[1]


Sergei Guriev was born on 21 October 1971 in Vladikavkaz, Russia. He received his high school diploma in 1988 from Kiev Physics Mathematics High School #145. In 1993 he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology with Masters degrees in Economics and Computer Science, and in 1994 received his PhD in Applied Mathematics from The Russian Academy of Sciences.[2] In 1997–98, he visited the Department of Economics at MIT for a one-year post-doctoral placement. In 2002 he received a degree of Doctor of Science in Economics. In 2003–2004 he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Princeton University.

Departure from Russia[edit]

Guriev reportedly fled Russia on 30 April 2013 as government investigators were reported to have been expressing interest in his political opinions and support of the political opposition in Russia demanding production of 5 years of personal records and submitting to searches of his home and office. He went to France where his wife and children live.[1][3] The investigation of Guriev's activities has come amidst a political environment in Russia in which dissidents and critics of Putin's government have faced increased scrutiny. The Christian Science Monitor reports that Guriev's problems apparently began after his criticism of the trial of Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Though Guriev's politically liberal ideas have put him at odds with the government, he was quoted telling the New York Times, "I have no issues with Putin or Medvedev. It is just that I (and my family) have a subjective dislike of my chances to lose my freedom, given that I have done nothing wrong.".[4]

Awards and memberships[edit]

In 2001, Sergei Guriev was announced the Best Academic Manager in Social Sciences by the Science Support Foundation. In 2000 and 2005, he was awarded a Gold Medal for Best Research in Development Economics by the Global Development Network. In 2006, he was selected a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Since 1999, Sergei Guriev has been a Research Affiliate at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London. He is also a board member for Sberbank (Savings Bank of the Russian Federation), Agency for Home Mortgage Lending, Alfa Strakhovanie, Russian Venture Company and of the Dynasty Foundation. He is a member of President of Russia's Council on Science, Education and Technology and a member of Scientific Council of Bruegel think tank. He is also the President of the Center for Economic and Financial Research at The New Economic School.

In 2009, he received the Second Prize Medal for Research on Foreign Direct Investment and Natural Resources, the Global Development Network (GDN), Ninth Annual Awards Competition. He was also elected in the Top 100 of the President of Russian Federation Reserve of Management Cadre.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Guriev, Sergei (2011). Determinants of Expropriation in the Oil Sector: A Theory and Evidence from Panel Data. Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization.  (coauthored with Anton Kolotilin and Konstantin Sonin) - upcoming
  • Guriev, Sergei (Spring 2009). (Un)Happiness in Transition. Journal of Economic Perspectives.  (coauthored with Ekaterina Zhuravskaya)
  • Guriev, Sergei (February 2009). Dictators and Oligarchs. Journal of Public Economic.  (coauthored with Konstantin Sonin)
  • Guriev, Sergei (2007). Railroad Restructuring in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe: One Solution for All Problems?. Transport Reviews.  (coauthored with Guido Friebel, Russell Pittman, Elizaveta Shevyakhova, Anna Tomova)
  • Guriev, Sergei (December 2006). Knowledge disclosure, patents, and the organization of R&D. Journal of the European Economic Association.  (coauthored with Sudipto Bhattacharya)
  • Guriev, Sergei (December 2006). Smuggling Humans: A Theory of Debt-Financed Migration. Journal of European Economic Association.  (coauthored with Guido Friebel)
  • Guriev, Sergei (December 2005). Contracting on time. American Economic Review.  (coauthored with Dmitriy Kvasov)
  • Guriev, Sergei (September 2005). Attaching Workers Through In-kind Payments: Theory and Evidence from Russia. World Bank Economic Review.  (coauthored with Guido Friebel)
  • Guriev, Sergei (Winter 2005). The role of oligarchs in Russian capitalism. Journal of Economic Perspectives.  (coauthored with Andrei Rachinsky)
  • Guriev, Sergei (2004). Problems of Economic Transition. Journal of Economic Perspectives.  (coauthored with Olga Lazareva, Andrei Rachinsky, Serguei Tsoukhlo) [published without the authors' concent or notification]
  • Guriev, Sergei (2004). Red tape and corruption. Journal of Development Economic. 
  • Guriev, Sergei (2004). Barter for price discrimination. International Journal of Industrial Organization.  (coauthored with Dmitriy Kvasov)
  • Guriev, Sergei (2004). Determinants of Interregional Labor Mobility in Russia: Evidence from Panel Datan. Economics of Transition.  (coauthored with Yuri Andrienko)
  • Guriev, Sergei (2003). Incomplete Contracts with Cross-Investments. Contributions in Theoretical Economics. 
  • Guriev, Sergei (2002). Debt Overhang and Barter in Russia. Journal of Comparative Economics.  (coauthored with Igor Makarov and Mathilde Maurel)
  • Guriev, Sergei (2001). On Microfoundations of Yaari's Dual Theory of Choice. eneva Papers on Risk and Insurance Theory. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ellen Barry (31 May 2013). "Economist Who Fled Russia Details Intense Scrutiny". The New York Times. Retrieved 31 May 2013. I have not done anything wrong and do not want to live in fear 
  2. ^ СЕРГЕЙ ГУРИЕВ. Я бы назвал Обаму горцем
  3. ^ Ellen Barry (29 May 2013). "Economist Leaves Russia After Questioning, Colleagues Say". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Weir, Fred (31 May 2013). "Leading economist flees Russia amid Putin's growing crackdown". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2 June 2013.