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TIGER Scientific Advisory Board
TIGER - Transformation, Integration and Globalization Economic Research - is the leading independent economic think-tank in East Central Europe. It is affiliated with the Kozminski Univeristy (ALK), the best business school in East Central Europe, located in Warsaw, Poland.
TIGER was founded in 2000 at the initiative of Professor Grzegorz W. Kolodko, the Director of TIGER and a key architect of Polish economic success, who as First Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance led Poland to the OECD. During his tenure in the government (1994-97) and based on his program, Strategy for Poland, the annual rate of growth averaged an astonishing 6.4 percent. This put Poland in the undisputed forefront of successful transition and made it the fastest growing economy in Europe. The stellar performance earned Poland a nickname of the "European Tiger" and Kolodko was nominated as the Best Minister of Finance in East Central Europe in 1996. In 2002-03 Professor Kolodko was again the Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance. This time he had played an important role in the final stage of Poland's integration with the European Union.
TIGER has been established to bring together people and ideas through innovative research projects that would have the potential to advance economic equity while building democratic and market institutions in postsocialist countries and other emerging market economies.
Professor Robert A. Mundell, 1999 Nobel Prize Laureate in Economics, is Chairman of the TIGER Scientific Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of prominent economists from Canada, China, Japan, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Poland, Russia, Tanzania, Nigeria and the USA.
The rich and extended research of TIGER scientific team and its associates world wide has been published in a number of books and articles in several countries and languages. A bulk of this research results is available - mostly in English - from the TIGER website http://www.tiger.edu.pl, especially within the continuing series of TIGER Working Papers and ALK & TIGER Distinguished Lecture Series.
TIGER's philosophical underpinning is a belief that economic equity is essential to global economic growth, poverty reduction, maintaining social and political stability, and securing peace.
TIGER's mission is to pursue efficiency and economic equity for post-socialist countries in transition, through research of the processes of transformation, integration, and globalization.
TIGER will contribute to the catching-up of emerging markets with developed economies and the advancement of economic equity through the promotion of Globalization with a Human Face.
TIGER research is policy-oriented, based on sound theoretical reasoning, and advocates development strategies that improve the standard of living and quality of life in society. TIGER aims to strengthen human capital by imparting the results of its research to current and future leaders in government and business. Thereby, enabling them to build democratic and market institutions with policy reforms that spur equitable growth and sustainable development.
TIGER accomplishes its mission by conducting individual research and coordinating international research projects. The results are disseminated to economists, government officials, business managers, media, and students throughout the world via the World Wide Web, seminars, international scientific conferences, WSPiZ and TIGER Distinguished Lectures , the students Science Club "Little Tigers", and the publication of books, articles, and the TIGER Working Paper Series.
TIGER is open to co-operation with worldwide institutions engaged in researching various aspects of transformation, integration and globalization.
All information and up-to-date news about TIGER activities and plans are available on our web site at www.tiger.edu.pl
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