Social Development: Historical Lessons and Future Challenges

January 12, 2017, 09:30 – 11:30, Building 5, 4th Floor, White Hall

In today's world, there is a general understanding that the quality of human capital has a decisive impact on the competitiveness of the national economy. Social institutions for forming human capital (education, health) and institutions of human capital use (labor market) are distinguished by their functions and efficiency. Historical traditions of social development have a great impact on the functioning of these institutions. This fully applies to modern Russia. Social development has changed dramatically over the past century since the Russian revolutions. No less significant challenges are facing the country at present and even more in the long-term outlook.

Issues for Discussion

  • With what traditions, achievements and problems in the social sphere did Russia enter the market era?
  • Which ones have become drivers of economic development and which are the brake?
  • What are the requirements of the human capital and social institutions imposed by a post-industrial society?
  • How is the vector of social development seen in the world and in Russia in the mid-term and long-term outlook?
  • What tasks have to be solved in the social sphere today to ensure sustainable social development tomorrow?


Keynote Report



  • Branko Milanovic
    Branko Milanovic

    Visiting Presidential Professor, City University of New York; Lead Economist, World Bank (1991-2013)

  • Olga Bantsekina
    Olga Bantsekina

    Head, Representation Office, Coleman Services UK