Westminster International University in Tashkent

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Westminster International University in Tashkent is Uzbekistan's first international university. The university is the first in Central Asia to offer a Western education, with UK qualifications. WIUT was established in 2002 in conjunction with the "UMID" Presidential Foundation, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education and the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. Wikipedia.


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Obydenkova A.,Harvard University | Obydenkova A.,National Research University Higher School of Economics | Nazarov Z.,Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne | Salahodjaev R.,University of South Florida | And 2 more authors.
Environmental Research | Year: 2016

This article examines the interconnection between national intelligence, political institutions, and the mismanagement of public resources (deforestations). The paper examines the reasons for deforestation and investigates the factors accountable for it. The analysis builds on authors-compiled cross-national dataset on 185 countries over the time period of twenty years, from 1990 to 2010. We find that, first, nation's intelligence reduces significantly the level of deforestation in a state. Moreover, the nations' IQ seems to play an offsetting role in the natural resource conservation (forest management) in the countries with weak democratic institutions. The analysis also discovered the presence of the U-shaped relationship between democracy and deforestation. Intelligence sheds more light on this interconnection and explains the results. Our results are robust to various sample selection strategies and model specifications. The main implication from our study is that intelligence not only shapes formal rules and informal regulations such as social trust, norms and traditions but also it has the ability to reverse the paradoxical process known as "resource curse." The study contributes to better understanding of reasons of deforestation and shed light on the debated impact of political regime on forest management. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.


Salahodjaev R.,Westminster International University in Tashkent | Salahodjaev R.,Institute of Forecasting and Macroeconomic Research
Forest Policy and Economics | Year: 2016

This paper investigates the effect of intelligence on deforestation rates, using data from 186 nations, over the period 1990-2010. Our findings provide novel evidence that human psychology, measured by nation-IQ, is negatively related with deforestation. This paper documents that, on average moving from a country with the lowest IQ score (61) to the one with highest (107.1) is associated with a 1.15 percentage point reduction in the rate of deforestation. The negative link between intelligence and deforestation remains robust when we account for the feedback from environment to intelligence. © 2015 Elsevier B.V.


Salahodjaev R.,Westminster International University in Tashkent
Sustainable Development | Year: 2016

We explore the effect of intelligence on environmental sustainability, using data from more than 150 nations over the period 2000-2014, taking into consideration various control variables as documented in related studies. Our measure of intelligence is national IQ scores. The results show that a 10-point increase in national IQ scores yields a 12-point increase in sustainability, measured by the Environmental Performance Index. We also document that the intelligence-environment association varies with GDP per capita levels. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd and ERP Environment.


Hove L.V.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel | Karimov F.P.,Westminster International University in Tashkent
Electronic Commerce Research | Year: 2016

We use logit analysis to exploit a self-collected dataset on the payment and delivery options offered by the vast majority of B2C websites in five Central Asian transition economies. Specifically, we conduct a supply-side test of (elements of) the Transaction Context Model, which highlights the role of perceived risk. Our results confirm that e-retailers in sectors with higher average transaction values are more likely to adopt ‘pay in advance’ instruments—such as debit cards—that have a lower payment risk for the seller. We also find that merchants who offer higher-risk delivery options are more prone to also adopt higher-risk payment instruments (such as credit cards). Our control variables also yield interesting results. In particular, in line with the network externalities theory, we find evidence that the offline penetration of a payment instrument positively affects online merchant adoption. © 2015, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


Obydenkova A.,Harvard University | Obydenkova A.,National Research University Higher School of Economics | Salahodjaev R.,Westminster International University in Tashkent
Environmental Research | Year: 2016

This paper investigates the determinants of nations' commitment to environmental protection at the international level by focusing on the role of national intelligence and the level of democracy. The national intelligence is measured by nation's IQ scores. The findings based on a sample of 152 nations provide strong evidence that intelligence has statistically significant impact on ratification of international environmental agreements, and the countries with IQ 10-points above global average are 23% more likely to sign multilateral environmental agreements than others. The findings also demonstrate that it is the combination of high-level of intelligence of nations and democracy, that likely result in international environmental commitments. © 2016 Elsevier Inc.


Karimov F.P.,Westminster International University in Tashkent | Brengman M.,Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Electronic Commerce Research | Year: 2014

This paper investigates the different trust assurances adopted by internet retailers and tries to identify a link between the characteristics of an online vendor (i.e., cost of merchandise sold, reputation, offline presence, etc..) and the specific types of trust assurances applied. The findings demonstrate that e-retailers with a relatively stronger reputation rely more on internally provided e-assurance mechanisms, such as a privacy policy or a money back guarantee, and that they make less use of third party trust endorsements. Internally-provided e-assurances also appear to be utilized more by e-retailers putting more expensive products on the market and less by those selling cheaper products. The findings regarding externally-provided e-assurances also show that third party trust endorsements such as privacy seals, security seals and award seals are adopted almost exclusively by e-retailers who sell more expensive products as compared to those selling products lower in monetary value. The results demonstrate that these findings regarding the impact of the ‘monetary value of goods traded’ on the adoption of externally-provided e-assurances remain valid when controlling for ‘reputation’ and ‘offline presence’. The results also reveal that total seal investments are higher among e-commerce companies with a weaker ‘reputation’, among those ‘without offline presence’, and among e-tailers selling relatively ‘more expensive merchandise’. © 2014, Springer Science+Business Media New York.


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PubMed | Westminster International University in Tashkent, National Research University Higher School of Economics and Indiana University - Purdue University Fort Wayne
Type: | Journal: Environmental research | Year: 2016

This article examines the interconnection between national intelligence, political institutions, and the mismanagement of public resources (deforestations). The paper examines the reasons for deforestation and investigates the factors accountable for it. The analysis builds on authors-compiled cross-national dataset on 185 countries over the time period of twenty years, from 1990 to 2010. We find that, first, nations intelligence reduces significantly the level of deforestation in a state. Moreover, the nations IQ seems to play an offsetting role in the natural resource conservation (forest management) in the countries with weak democratic institutions. The analysis also discovered the presence of the U-shaped relationship between democracy and deforestation. Intelligence sheds more light on this interconnection and explains the results. Our results are robust to various sample selection strategies and model specifications. The main implication from our study is that intelligence not only shapes formal rules and informal regulations such as social trust, norms and traditions but also it has the ability to reverse the paradoxical process known as resource curse. The study contributes to better understanding of reasons of deforestation and shed light on the debated impact of political regime on forest management.


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