Both my grandfathers smoked when they were young. My father’s father was a shopkeeper who smoked a pipe and my mother’s father was a smallholder who smoked cigarettes. Both died of heart failure…

Alex Kremer |

I was quite intrigued by the findings of the latest Europe and Central Asia Economic Update, with its special focus on "Polarization and Populism". As Program Leader for the South…

Genevieve Boyreau |

The first day of October turned out to be quite nice in Chisinau, despite the dismal weather forecast that had threatened low temperatures and rain showers. On this bright, sunny Saturday, a…

Boris Ciobanu |

In my first blog on Moldova’s pension system, I discussed challenges and reform options. My second one focused on the incentives to contribute into that pension system. Now, in this third blog, I…

Yuliya Smolyar |

Eight years on from the start of the global economic crisis, close to one quarter of the European Union’s population remains at risk of poverty or social exclusion. But one group in particular…

Mariam Sherman |

Igor Tkach is a remarkable man. As he stands tall and proud in the middle of one of the fields, his voice is loud and clear. And even the bitterly cold wind couldn’t stop him from telling his…

Meriem Gray |

How can Moldova shift from a growth model based on remittances and consumption to one driven by investment, productivity growth, and innovation?   For this small and landlocked country,…

Gonzalo Varela, Laura Gómez-Mera |

My last post discussed the challenges and reforms of Moldova’s pension system, but I would like to focus now on the incentives for contributing into a pension system. This issue is especially…

Yuliya Smolyar |