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
long term studies of the economic development of Central and
East European countries,|
financial flows and financial sector development in the
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
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
|Commission of the European Communities (scenarios of economic development of
other Visegrad countries until 2005, SCENES - forecast of the
transport flows in enlarged
|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
France (CEPII), Spain (FEDEA), Belgium (CEPS, University of Leuven). NOBE
is the member of ENEPRI (European Network of Economic Policy Research Institutes).