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Associate Professor, Economist, social policy analyst (Diploma of economist-analyst from Vilnius University; Masters degree in European Social Policy Analysis from Roskilde University, Denmark and University of Bath, UK; Doctor of Social Sciences (Economics) from Vilnius University and Tilburg University, The Netherlands).
Fulbright researcher at Darden Graduate School, University of Virginia, USA.
She has been developing her competences at Harvard Business School (USA), London School of Economics (UK), Fudan University (China), Singapore Management University, Lorange Institute of Business Zurich (Switzerland), Bled School of Management (Slovenia).
Has extensive international job experience: UNDP/Lithuania, CEPS/INSTEAD Institute in Luxembourg (assistant professor in the international master’s programme “European Social Policy Analysis”) and Leuven University, Belgium. Has participated in various international (World Bank, United Nations, United Nations Development Programme, UNICEF, European Commission, etc.) and national projects on economic and social policy issues. Currently participates in European research project Horizon2020 „Social Protection Innovative Investment in Long-Term Care“.
Has extensive teaching experience in Lithuania and abroad (USA, Germany, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, The Netherlands, Estonia, etc.).
Teaches social policy, competitiveness, business ethics and corporate social responsibility courses at various levels (bachelor, master, doctoral and professionals).
– Business ethics
The course explores determinants of industrial competitiveness and successful economic development viewed from a bottom-up, microeconomic perspective. While sound macroeconomic policies and stable legal and political institutions create potential for industrial competitiveness, wealth is actually created at the microeconomic and firm levels. The sophistication and productivity of firms, the vitality of industrial clusters, and the quality of the business environment are the ultimate determinants of the productivity and innovation capacity of nations, regions and industries.
This course examines both advanced and developing economies and addresses competitiveness at multiple levels – nations, subnational units such as states or provinces, particular clusters, and neighboring countries. The course is concerned not only with government policy but also with the roles that firms, industry associations, universities, and other institutions play in competitiveness. In modern competition, each of these institutions has an important and evolving role in economic development.
The course explores not only theory and policy but also the organizational structures, institutional structures, and change processes required for sustained improvements in competitiveness
The Microeconomics of Competitiveness is a distinctive graduate course offered in cooperation with prof. M. Porter and a team of his colleagues at Harvard Business School (HBS). It is designed to be taught to second year MBA students at HBS and affiliates of the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard Business School (http://www.isc.hbs.edu/moc.htm).
During this course, you will:
Assoc. Prof. Virginija Poškutė, ISM University
Welfare economics is a branch of economics that focuses on the optimal allocation of resources and goods. This course integrates discussions relating economic theories to different notions of social justice and historical developments of welfare state. Welfare state theories and concepts are discussed during the course not only in terms of equity reasons but in efficiency terms also. The course introduces crucial debates about the borderline between state and market. Various aspects of welfare state are analysed with help of two broad questions: what are the aims of policy and by what methods those aims are best achieved? Each society faces questions related to scope of redistribution (of wealth, income, power etc. and how much of it should be there) and methods that are employed to organise economic activities (market, central planning, mixed economy) in order to achieve societal economic and social goals. Those two broad sets of questions are the main axis for discussions during the course. In order to enhance such discussions the course examines origins and dissemination of welfare state, two main social welfare traditions (Bismarckian and Beveridgean) as well as comparative welfare state typologies (liberal, conservative and social-democratic). Basic principles of social insurance, role of private and public sector in social insurance provision are covered during the course. The course examines in detail retirement pensions and their financing mechanisms (pay as you go and funded), social assistance principles, its organisational aspects and main types of benefits. Special attention during the course is paid to income inequality, poverty and social exclusion, their measurement methods. International aspects of social security regulation are also discussed.
Aim of the course
Aim of this course is to enable students to develop a basic understanding of main topics in the economics of welfare state in democratic market economies. Students are expected to be able to define central concepts and apply these in basic discussions about the role of the state and the individual in provision of welfare (in terms of efficiency, social justice and equality) and some of the major issues in the design and financing of welfare state provisions. Moreover it is important for the students to be able to apply concepts and theories to practical policy debates both domestic and global.