Policy & Applied Research

Thought Leadership | Strategic & Policy Options

In 2021, CIPE launched a new applied research initiative to engage business leaders in emerging democracies with actionable knowledge on policy solutions for democratic free-market systems. Applied research works to answer the questions that policy-makers need for policy innovations. View recent research and upcoming offerings below:

Applied Research Webinars/Papers

 

Research Unbound: Free Trade Zones
In this webinar organized by Policy & Program Learning (PPL) at CIPE, Tiffany Qiu of Oxbridge Economics will present findings from her paper, ”Do Free Trade Zones Stimulate Entrepreneurship? New Evidence from China.

 

 

 

Research Unbound: Syrian Refugee Entrepreneurship
In this webinar, Dogan Çelik and Nazli Kazanoglu present their report findings on the opportunities and challenges of refugee-led small businesses that are transforming the lives of refugees and contributing to the overall economic growth in Turkey.

 

 

 

Research Unbound: Women in Pakistan
This webinar explores the issues faced by women-led enterprises in Pakistan during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

Research Unbound: Hybrid Regimes
In this webinar, Jozsef Peter Martin, Ph.D., presented his paper on state-business relations and the controversial nature of the business environment and democracy in Hungary.

 

 

 

Public Perception of Economic and Social Reforms in Ukraine
CIPE created the Knowledge Hubs for Democratic and Market Transition project with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to build a broader consensus around reform priorities in Ukraine, Tunisia, and Bolivia — three countries undergoing democratic transitions that have experienced serious political and economic challenges over the last decade. To help coordinate business and civil society efforts on reform and improve understanding among stakeholders, the initiative has supported surveys in each country on popular perceptions of the economy and economic reform. The results of the survey, conducted in the fall of 2021, brought to light the complex and challenging dynamics of reform in Ukraine.

 

 

Do Free Trade Zones Stimulate Entrepreneurship? New Evidence from China
In a paper produced with support from the Center for International Private Enterprise, the authors look at the effects of China’s 2017 free trade zone (FTZ) program.

 

 

 

HUBS

 

Public Perception of Economic and Social Reforms in Tunisia
In Tunisia, CIPE is engaging civil society to inject fresh thinking into a repetitive and stagnant public debate over economic reform. CIPE adapted the questionnaire it used in Bolivia and Ukraine to the Tunisian context and hired Elka Consulting, a leading Tunisian research firm, to conduct a survey of 1,009 men and women across urban and rural areas in Tunisia from November 3 to 11, 2021.

 

 

 

Public Perception of Economic and Social Reforms in Bolivia
In Bolivia, CIPE worked with an advocacy business group to help frame reform priorities, based on credible economic arguments, by incorporating the perspectives of civil society. To understand what the public thought about which reforms were needed, CIPE designed a survey and contracted CiesMori, a professional polling firm in Bolivia, to measure the public opinion of men and women between ages 18 and 65 in urban areas in Bolivia.

 

 

 

Public Perception of Economic and Social Reforms in Ukraine
CIPE created the Knowledge Hubs for Democratic and Market Transition project with the financial support of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) to build a broader consensus around reform priorities in Ukraine, Tunisia, and Bolivia — three countries undergoing democratic transitions that have experienced serious political and economic challenges over the last decade. To help coordinate business and civil society efforts on reform and improve understanding among stakeholders, the initiative has supported surveys in each country on popular perceptions of the economy and economic reform. 

 

 

 

Refugee Entrepreneurship: The Current Status of Syrian-led SMEs in Turkey
This research project aims to explore the ways in which refugee entrepreneurship and firms created by the Syrian refugees in Turkey contributes to economic growth within Turkey’s humanitarian aid and sustainable development nexus. The research findings show that the entrepreneurship-focused non-financial intervention repertoire offered to the Syrian SMEs in Turkey includes training and mentoring sessions on different topics, one-on-one coaching meetings together with matchmaking/twinning and networking.

 

 

 

From Dual Economy to Parallel Universes: Attitudes and Coping Strategies of Businesses vis-à-vis Crony State Capitalism – the Case of Hungary
In this research report, we have uncovered some new aspects of state-business relations in the context of the crony state capitalism based on desk research, descriptive data analyses and semi-structured interviews with business players and experts

 

 

 

Other Research

 

Corrosive Capital: Known Unknowns
Since 2015, CIPE has observed authoritarian governments pursuing international investment agendas as a means to exert influence and undermine markets in emerging democracies around the world. These investments pose a systemic threat to democracies and free and inclusive markets. CIPE has coined this investment “Corrosive Capital.”

 

 

 

The Kampala Principles in Action: Case Studies in Private Sector Engagement
The need for better partnerships with the private sector has become an imperative in the quest for sustainable development and shared prosperity. Thanks to new case studies on the Kampala Principles, released this week, we now can visualize the ingredients of effective partnerships.

 

 

PPL References and Resources

 

How to Write a Policy Brief
The purpose of a policy memo is to inform and persuade lawmakers to take action regarding a particular issue. A policy brief succinctly presents a practical policy solution to a concrete problem. It moves from the identification of an issue, through evidence and a line of analysis, to reach a basis for decision on an action. A good brief garners the necessary attention and credibility to effectively engage with decision makers.

 

 

 

Strategies for Policy Reform
Strategies for Policy Reform, Volume 3 contains the most recent and thoroughly detailed real world program experiences to date. Intended as inspiration and guidance for reformers, the cases capture a broad range of learning which may be adapted to new circumstances. This volume covers the implementation of programs across CIPE’s four areas of focus: Enterprise Ecosystems, Business Advocacy, Democratic Governance, and Anti-corruption & Ethics.

 

 

 

Who We Are

 

 

Mikra Krasniqi
Senior Program Officer, Policy & Program Learning

 

 

 

 

Tamari Dzotsenidze
Associate Program Officer, Policy & Program Learning

 

 

 

 

Adam Goldstein
Associate Program Officer, Policy & Program Learning