What is NOBE?
How NOBE operates?
Establishment of NOBE
Scope of work

What is NOBE?

NOBE is an independent research center, specialized in applied economic analysis of economies in transition. Current fields of research of NOBE are:

short and medium term forecasts of the economic development of Poland,
long term studies of the economic development of Central and East European countries,
financial flows and financial sector development in the Polish economy,
economic implications of integration process with the European Union,
prospects of the regional development of Poland (factors stimulating and
disadvantaging development of regions),
demand for transport services and infrastructure in the enlarged European Union.

How NOBE operates?

To solve particular problems NOBE creates task forces, gathering Poland's top researchers specialized in a broad range of disciplines related to the problem. Based on the background research and on the up-to-date economic theory, task-oriented applied economic models are designed to allow a dynamic, quantitative analysis. Modern econometric and applied economic techniques are used to construct models and to perform simulation analysis. Computation results supply a basis to formulate conclusions and policy recommendations.

The efficiency of NOBE in answering difficult questions about appropriate policies in the economics in transition is based on a well organized cooperation of the specialists of a broad range of disciplines.

Establishment of NOBE

The Independent Center for Economic Studies NOBE was established in 1992 to meet urgent needs for applied economic studies and quantitative projections of economies in transition. The studies required a broad and innovative interdisciplinary approach, combined with the modern economic knowledge and experience in using applied economic tools.

NOBE have been founded by three Polish economists, specialized in various aspects of applied economics:

Leszek Zienkowski, former consultant to OECD, UN, World Bank, IMF; former director of the Research Center for Statistical and Economic Studies of GUS (Central Statistical Office) and PAN (Academy of Science).

Adam B.Czyzewski, formerly at the World Bank, former advisor to the Government of Poland.

Witold M.Orlowski, formerly at the World Bank (Central Europe Department), advisor to the Government of Poland, consultant to the World Bank, EBRD, FAO.

NOBE was established in the legal form of the civil law partnership. Currently NOBE has two branches/offices in Lodz and Warszawa.. The Center employs 9 persons (8 researchers - full or part-time, one administrative staff), and has got a network of cooperating researchers (20 persons).

Scope of work

NOBE has been preparing applied economic analysis for various Polish and international governmental and business organizations among them:

Government of Poland (report on effects of the Association Agreement Poland-EC, analysis of  the economic impact of Poland's integration with the EU, medium-term forecasts and the fiscal  outlook)
Commission of the European Communities (scenarios of economic development of Poland and  other Visegrad countries until 2005, SCENES - forecast of the transport flows in enlarged  Europe)
World Bank (regional development of Poland)
Various business organizations, including Earnst & Young Polska, Reuters Polska, Powszechny Bank Kredytowy, Korona Trust Fund (BGZ/Creditanstalt), Philip Morris, Bank Handlowy, Netia Telecom.

NOBE has also been participating in various national and multinational research networks with research institutions from Germany (Univ.of Karlsruhe), France (CEPII), Spain (FEDEA), Belgium (CEPS, University of Leuven). NOBE is the member of ENEPRI (European Network of  Economic Policy Research Institutes).