Notable people of Samegrelo:
Vladimer Papava was born on March 25, 1955, in Tbilisi, Georgia, is a Professor of
Economics, a Senior Fellow of the Georgian Foundation for Strategic and International Studies
(GFSIS) and a Member of the Parliament of Georgia (Committee for Finance and Budget). In
2005-2006 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute, the Paul H. Nitze
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of nearly
200 publications, including many influential works on the theoretical and applied studies post-
Communist economies and economic development of the Central Caucasus countries. His
research efforts are underpinned by practical experience gained during his work for the Georgian
Government: from 1994 to 2000, as Minister of Economy he was actively involved in currency
reform, liberalization of economy, including liberalization of foreign trade, institutional
transformations and other ambitious governmental programs. As a member of the Georgian
Government and an Alternative Governor of the World Bank, he was one of the main
participants in the negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
Vladimer Papava is an author of the Semi-Productive Matrix Approach for Input-Output Models,
the Theory of the Economic Ability of the Government and Egalitarian Goods, the Model of an
‘Economy Without Taxes,’ the Theory of the ‘Shadow Political Economy’ (with Nodar
Khaduri), the Indexes of Tax Corruption, the Method of the ‘Social Promotion’ for Post-
Communist Transition to Market Economy, the Doctrine of Market Equality and Its Application
to the Process of Post-Communist Transformation, and the Theory of ‘Necroeconomics – the
Political Economy of Post-Communist Capitalism.’
Vladimer Papava graduated Tbilisi State University (specialization Economic Cybernetics) in
1978 (Tbilisi, Georgia). He received his Candidate of Science degree in Economics (PhD) from
Central Economic-Mathematical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1982
(Moscow, Russia) and his Doctor of Science degree in Economics from Tbilisi State University
in 1989 (Tbilisi, Georgia) and Leningrad State University in 1990 (Saint-Petersburg, Russia).
He is a Chief-Editor of the Proceedings of the Georgian Academy of Sciences – Economic
Series, Member of the Editorial Boards of the Problems of Economic Transition (USA), the
Central Asia and The Caucasus (Sweden), The Caucasus and Globalization (Sweden), and the
Obshchestvo i ekonomika (Russia).
From 1997 Vladimer Papava is a Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Sciences
of Georgia. He is an Active Member of The International Academy of Sciences, Education,
Industry and Arts (CA, USA), an Active Member The New York Academy of Sciences (NY,
USA), an Active Member the International Informatization Academy (UN) and other
international societies and associations.
In 2004 Vladimer Papava together with a group of Georgian Economists was awarded the State
Prize of Georgia in Science for the Series of Publications – “The Methods and Models of
His established books are:
• Ismailov, Eldar; Vladimer Papava (2006). The Central Caucasus: Essays on Geopolitical
Economy. Stockholm, Sweden: CA&CC Press.
• Papava, Vladimer (2005). Necroeconomics: The Political Economy of Post-Communist
Capitalism. New York: iUniverse.
• Papava, Vladimer; Teimuraz Beridze (2005). Ocherki politicheskoi ekonomii postkommunisticheskogo
kapitalizma (Essays on the Political Economy of Post-Communist Capitalism). Moscow: Delo i Service.
• Central’nyi Kavkaz i ekonomika Gruzii (The Central Caucasus and the Economy of
Georgia). Baku, “Nurlan,” 2004, with Teimuraz Beridze and Eldar Ismailov. (In
• Papava, Vladimer; Vepkhia Chocheli (2003). Financial Globalization and Post-
Communist Georgia. New York: iUniverse.
• Splendours and Miseries of the IMF in Post-Communist Georgia. Laredo, wepublish.
• Effertivnost obshchestvennogo proizvodstva i mezhotraslevye vodeli (Efficiency of
Social Production in the Input-Output Models). Tbilisi, “Metsniereba,” 1988. (In