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April 2010 CFBE Advisor Philip Nichols and Board Member Patricia Dowden make a series of presentations in Moscow and St. Petersburg on the role of professional civility in creating "generalized trust".

CFBE Advisor Philip Nichols and Board Member Patricia Dowden presented a draft paper at the 11th Annual International Academic Conference on Economic and  Social Development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. The  conference, organized by the Higher School of Economics (Moscow) and co-sponsored by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, brought together  senior Russian government officials, representatives of multilateral  organizations, as well as leading businesspeople and academics to  discuss the challenges facing developing economies as they modernize.  Presentations were also made at the HSE's Sociological Club, Russian State University for the Humanities, St. Petersburg University for Economics and Finance (FINEC), and St. Petersburg International Rotary Club. The paper describes the role of "generalized trust" in creating efficiencies in mature economies; and suggests the hypothesis that professional civility may be a catalyst for developing generalized trust.

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