School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) of University of Tartu is the leading and rapidly developing research centre in economics, international business and management in Estonia. We aim to provide a vibrant research environment that is linked to international centres of excellence and produces high level academic and policy relevant economic analysis.
Among academic staff there are three laureates of the Estonian National Science Prize and a member of the Estonian Academy of Science. Researchers at SEBA have recently published papers at the American Economic Review, International Business Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, among others, also a paper is forthcoming at Research Policy. Latest collective monographs of Faculty members include "(Dis)Honesty in Management: Manifestations and Consequences" (2013, Emerald); "Innovation Systems in Small Catching-Up Economies" (2012, Springer); “Labor Market Flexibility, Flexicurity and Employment: Lessons of the Baltic States” (2007, Nova Science); “Estonia, the New EU Economy: Building a Baltic Miracle?” (2006, Ashgate). According to the RePec database SEBA of University of Tartu is the highest ranking institution in study of economics and finance in Estonia based on its research output. The majority of the highest ranked authors in economics and finance in Estonia are from our faculty: http://ideas.repec.org/top/top.estonia.html Two thirds of all economics and business administration doctoral dissertations in Estonia are defended at SEBA. Each year faculty staff members publish more than 140 research publications.
Our main research topics include:
- labour market, labour market flexibility and flexicurity;
- determinants of productivity and structural change;
- internationalization of economies and firms – export, FDI;
- organizational behaviour and human resource management;
- innovation economics;
- entrepreneurship and knowledge economy;
- institutional development of catching up economies;
- social capital formation;
- regional growth and development;
- financial management.
The research potential of SEBA has been steadily growing as the Faculty has established strong links with international research networks (e.g. NORFACE) and launched several interdisciplinary research teams (links between migration and knowledge transfer, mobile positioning and tourism marketing, cultural dimensions and innovation). Our researchers have actively co-operated with partners from major European research centres, e.g. University College London, NIFU-STEP in Norway, UNU-MERIT, SPRU at University of Sussex, Aston Business School, University of Vaasa. In Estonia, we work closely together with economists from Eesti Pank (Bank of Estonia) and Tallinn University of Technology. Our researchers have contributed to various EC FP6 and FP7 research projects, also to Nordic Innovation Centre, NORFACE, OECD Innovation Micro-data projects and World Bank project on links between firm demographics and productivity growth. In May 2013 the Centre for Emerging Market Studies was established that facilitates co-operation with universities in Jiangsu province of China.