Department of Economic Policy
Prof. Aleksandr V. Bondar
The chair of department is Dr. hab., Prof. Aleksandr V. Bondar.
The department of economic policy studies was established in 1981, when the cold war between the USSR and Western countries was at its peak. It therefore was initially named the Department of political economy and criticism of anti-Marxist economic studies, which name existed till 1987. The initiative to establish the Department came from the Central Committee of the Byelorussian Communist Party though no official documents were issued in this respect. The department's task was to cause experts in political economy in the country's leading higher educational establishment focus on studies and analysis of s ovietologist concepts developed in numerous specialized research centres of the USA and Western Europe at that time.
Establishing the department enabled then its faculty to provide both students and a wider audience updating their economic education with clearer and more profound picture of the world economic science evolution and state. It was a possibility to give at least some idea of major schools and theories in the w estern science and concepts of Nobel laureates in economic sciences at the time when the very translation and publication of any theories originating from the West, to say nothing about anti-Soviet ones, was under restrict.
The faculty of the Department swiftly responded with numerous study guides to the s ovietologist concepts and to the evolution of traditional economic schools. Due to rather extensive 30-hour lecture course students were able to get some objective idea of the world achievements in Economics. In 1987 the Department changed its name for the Department of Economic Theory and History of Economic Thought, which did not mean its reformation as such. It was actually bringing the Department's name in line with its subject matter.
An outstanding role in this evolution of the Department belongs to Prof. Ya. Yazvinskaya, its founder and first Chair. An experienced teacher, she initiated in 1985 the appointment of Ivan Lemeshevski, a young Associate Professor, Chair of the Department. The new Chair summoned the faculty to write entirely new manuals in Economic theory which would be in line both with the latest developments in the international economic thought and the experience and challenges of the early economic reforms in the country. Those manuals “The Theory of National Economy” and “Microeconomics” are still in great demand with students. Ivan. Lemeshevski, though, was offered the position of the Head of the Prime Minister's Advisory Group which he accepted.
Dr. hab. Andrei Tur, BSEU alumnus, was appointed a new Chair. The sphere of his scientific research to the utmost corresponded to the Department's specialization. He was one of the first analysts in Soviet and post-Soviet territory who studied and had the idea of the genesis of concepts and categories in the British-American Economic theory. Soon Prof. Andrei Tur was offered the position of d eputy- m inister of Economy of the Republic of Belarus . Though being over-busy with his new professional duties, he still gives lectures to students, helps doctoral students and participates in the meetings of the University's Dissertation Defense Board.
Since September 2000 Professor Aleksandr Bondar, whose record at the University is over 30 years, has been the Chair of the Department. He began his career as an assistance lecturer and became Dr hab. in Economics and Professor. He takes an active part both in raising students and training scientific personnel of higher qualification. Aleksandr Bondar had been Academic Secretary of the University's Dissertation Defense Board in Economic theory and World economics for a long time. Now he is the Chairman of the Council. Aleksandr Bondar is the Chairman of the Methodological Committee for the specialty Economics and a member of the BSEU Scientific-Methodological Board. He has over 100 research and methodological publications. He is a co-author and editor of manuals and study-guides on Economic theory, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Economic Security and Policy, History of Economic Theories. Their frequent republishing proves high popularity with students. The sphere of Aleksandr Bondar's scientific activity is very wide and covers the issues of great importance for the Republic of Belarus , such as economic security, macroeconomic stabilization. Yet, the key issues of his research are the human capital, its formation, development and use and the system of labor relations both on national and international level.
From its first days, the Department has been a kind of forge of top scientists, Doctors of Economics, who decide many economic issues in Belarus . Among them are:
Galina Shmarlovskaya who was the first in Belarus to work out theoretical and methodological aspects of taxation. She cooperates actively with the State Taxation Committee of Belarus. Now Galina Shmarlovskaya herself is the Chair of a University Department;
Galina Sanko explored in her Doctor's dissertation the problems of antimonopoly regulation in Belarus ;
Galina Uvarova has contributed to the exploration of the enterprise economic organization in the transition period of the entire socio-economic system. She is the head of a leading consulting firm in the republic which she established;
Aleksandr Capshtyk investigated the role of consumers' co-operatives in satisfying the demand of the rural population in transition economy He is a Vice-Rector at the Belarusian Trade and Economics University of Consumer Cooperatives;
Elena Vankevich has successfully analyzed the problems of effective employment during the transition period of economy. Now she is a Professor in Vitebsk.
Today the Department faculty comprises two Drs. hab., twenty-one PhDs, nine Assistance lecturers, five Drs. hab. are part-time faculty members.
A great role in providing a high level of organization of the educational process belongs to the Deputy Chair, Associate Prof. L. Markusenko and the Heads of sections: Associate Prof. A. Kolomiets, Associate Prof. I. Vorobyova, Associate Prof. T. Revitskaya, and Associate Prof. E. Lebedko.
Research is of vital importance for the Department's successful work in every direction. Associate Prof. V. Poplyko is the Deputy Chair responsible for research activities; Associate Prof. A. Rudak has been coordinating Students' Research activities for several years already.
A special attention is paid to educational work (Assistance lecture N. Avdeenko is in charge) and its ideological support (Associate Prof. N. Filanovich).
Assistance lecturer L. Musich has been the curator of an academic group for over 15 years. Both the School and the University authorities have acknowledged her contribution to educational work.
Well organized work of the support staff headed by the senior secretary N. Dyatchik also contributes to the effective activities of both faculty members and students.
The department has 3 main directions of scholarly research:
- Investments in Human Capital, its Accumulation and Use;
- Theory and Practice of Transformation of Post-socialistic Economies;
- Genesis of the History of Economic Theories of Market Economy.
The Department faculty, doctoral and post-doctoral students and doctoral degree seekers defended 7 Dr. hab. and 20 PhD theses.
The Department faculty deliver lectures and provide practical classes in the following disciplines:
- History of Economic Theories
- History of Economic Thought
- Theory of Economic Systems
- Political Economics
- Economic Security and Economic Policy
- Economic Theory
- Investment Policy
- Economic Policy of Belarus in the System of Regional and International Relations
- Theory of Public Choice
- Economic Policy on National and International Labor Markets
- Industrial Policy and Business Risks
- Economic Policy
Recent scientific publications of the Department's faculty members:
- Экономическая безопасность и экономическая политика: Учеб.пособие/А.В.Бондарь, В.Н.Ермашкевич, С.Н.Князев, Е.Г.Моисеенко; под ред.А.В.Бондаря, С.Н.Князева – Минск: БГЭУ, 2007 – 423 с.
- Макроэкономика: Учеб.пособие/ А.В.Бондарь, В.А.Воробьев, Л.Н.Новикова и др. – Минск: БГЭУ, 2007. – 415 с.
- Экономическая теория: Учеб.пособие / И.В.Новикова. Г.А.Примаченок, В.А.Воробьев и др.; Под ред. И.В.Новиковой. – Мн.: БГЭУ, 2006. – 543 с.
- Микроэкономика: Учеб.пособие/А.В.Бондарь, В.А.Воробьев, Н.Н.Сухарева; под ред.А.В.Бондаря, В.А.Воробьева. – Минск: БГЭУ, 2007. – 415 с.
- Мировой рынок труда в условиях глобализации и особенности развития его белорусского сегмента: Монография/ А.В.Бондарь. – Мн.: БГЭУ, 2005. – 155 с.
- Человеческий капитал в контексте макроэкономической стабилизации и конкурентоспособности национальной (малой открытой) экономики / А.В.Бондарь, М.А.Бондарь, И.В.Корнеевец, Л.Н.Маркусенко. – Мн.: Ред.газ. « Настаўн. газ. », 2006. – 336 с.
- А.В.Бондарь, И.В.Корнеевец, Н.А.Яхницкая «Человеческий капитал – стратегический ресурс «Новой экономики»». Белорусский экономический журнал. 2007, №2. с.56-69
- Материалы Национального отчета о человеческом развитии 2003 г. «Человеческий потенциал Беларуси: экономические вызовы и социальные ответы». – Минск: «Юнипак». - 2003 г., с.19-23.