Since Ukraine became independent, the roles of the state and budget in our lives have significantly decreased. Numerous success stories in the private sector emerged, many enterprises were privatized and even in the sphere of social services private initiative is getting a leading role. It might seem to be enough for now, since the state is nevertheless poor, week and incapable. However, it is only on the first sight. The size of the state is still excessive. And this is not only because state expenditures make up 47.8% of GDP, which is one of the highest rates in the world. It is also characterized by employment if the government sector, state enterprises and all the diversity of the social security. In the situations where the state is excessive, there are no favorable conditions for emergence of Silicon Valleys, start-ups, growth of business activity and creation of new work places. To demonstrate the impact of the role of the state in our lives we have prepared the first infographic in the series “The Size of the State”
It is hard to overestimate the importance of the training for medical workers. At the same time the level of practical knowledge and skills of the medical university graduates is getting worse from year to year. Educational medical programs not connected with the real life result into thousands of future doctors with low level of training and qualification. For this reason reform of the medical education system is a prerequisite of reforming Ukrainian medicine according to Western models, that is being so widely discussed now. What are the differences between medical education in the USA and Ukraine and what can be borrowed from the American model in preparing medical professionals – read in our article.
In Ukraine, the debates on removing the moratorium on land are being renewed. How will the land reform influence the cost of the land and cost the land rent? What will the land owners gain and loose? This is the angle from which we analyzed the potential consequences of the land reform.