Social Impact

Social Impact

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As a UN member state, we have committed to implement our activities, bearing in mind the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, accepted by all 193 UN member states. The strategic intentions of the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business are expressed through our aspirations included in the document developed by the academic community - Strategy 2030. We want to be a University that is recognized in Poland as a leading academic center with respect of the implementation of the sustainable development goals.

Here we will present the impact of the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business on society by identifying the results of our scientific, didactic, expert and organizational work in relation to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.


Results of scientific, didactic, expert and organizational work

1. Our research improves the quality of life in cities by improving the management of their development

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:
11. Sustainable cities and communities
Solution author:
dr hab. Andrzej Sztando, prof. UEW
Department of Spatial Economy and Local Government Administration
Faculty of Economics and Finance
Importance for society

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Most of the conditions of our private and professional life depend on the decisions of municipal and city authorities. The conditions for running a business also depend on them to a large extent. The state of the natural environment depends no less on these decisions. Therefore, public management carried out by local authorities receives a lot of attention in the media, business and science. This especially applies to the development strategies that these authorities adopt and implement, especially since many of them have become obsolete as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and at the same time have recently gained a strong foundation in Polish law.
Real effects for society

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Drawing from current scientific and business trends in the field of strategic management, the results of own research, consulting practice and experience gained in the course of international cooperation, dr hab. Andrzej Sztando, prof. UEW:
  • helps to implement innovative solutions in cities and rural areas, which have contributed, for example, to the creation of a special economic zone and attracting foreign investments to it in the commune of Polkowice, increasing the availability and reducing costs of administrative services in the commune of Marciszów, digitization of management control at the Municipal Office in Konin and preparations for the reactivation of passenger rail connections serving the Syców commune;
  • supports local authorities in developing strategies for the development of communes and poviats, thanks to which they were created, among others development strategies of Bogatynia, Jelenia Góra, Lądek-Zdrój, Nowogrodziec and Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, as well as the Jawor and Zgorzelec poviats, the implementation of which increased the quality of life of their several hundred thousand inhabitants;
  • provides consultations and trains councilors, village heads, mayors and presidents of cities in the field of the best strategic management practices of local government units, which contributes, among others, to to their success in obtaining aid, reducing the cost of public services and increasing innovation in local economies;
  • evaluates strategic research programs (eg GOSPOSTRATEG, ROBUST Rural-Urban Europe) for the National Center for Research and Development and the European Research Executive Agency (REA), increasing, inter alia, their ability to generate innovations applied in local governments.
Press releases

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Title: Nie więcej niż 20 proc. gmin jest zarządzanych strategicznie.
Published in: Prawo.pl portal
Year: 2019
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Wójt powinien zarządzać gminą, jak prezes firmą, a nawet lepiej.
Published in: Prawo.pl portal
Year: 2019
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Programy i strategie samorządów trzeba będzie zmienić.
Published in: WSPÓLNOTA  - Pismo Samorządu Terytorialnego
Year: 2020
Link to the publication: LINK
The most important scientific publications

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Title: Will Small Towns Benefit? Expected COVID-19 Pandemic-induced Changes in Supralocal Relationships of Polish Small Towns and Planned Responses in the Supralocal Perspective of their Local Development Strategic Governance
Published in: Research Papers of Wroclaw University of Economics and Business
Year: 2020
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Contemporary expectations of Polish small town authorities towards the state policy of local development
Published in: Research Papers of Wroclaw University of Economics and Business
Year: 2019
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Does the Strategic Planning of Local Development Results from the Motives Indicated in Literature? Contemporary Motivation of Polish Small Towns` Authorities for strategic Planning of Local Development
Published in: Transylvanian Review of Administrative Sciences
Year: 2017
Link to the publication: LINK


2. Income inequalities in Poland - measurement problems, social consequences

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal:
10. Reduced Inequalities
Solution author:
dr hab. Marek Kośny, prof. UEW
Department of Econometrics and Operational Research
Faculty of Economics and Finance
Importance for society

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One of the key challenges in the context of inequality, including income inequality, is the proper assessment of its level. Representative surveys of the Central Statistical Office, which for many years were the main source of data on income inequalities, show their significantly underestimated level, suggesting that they are at a relatively low level (Gini coefficient close to 0.3, placing Poland below the EU average).
The research conducted in a pioneering way took up the issue of using tax data to assess the credibility of the results published by the Central Statistical Office in this area and to estimate the level of income inequality in Poland. Despite the fact that these studies did not allow for obtaining estimates of measures directly comparable with the results of the Central Statistical Office, they showed that the official results do not correctly take into account high income. In fact, the level of inequality is much higher, and the political and social consequences of this fact cannot be overestimated. Social policy, based on the belief that income inequality in Poland is low, has led to widespread social discontent and a change of power. The key solutions proposed by the new government were (and are) aimed at leveling inequalities and supporting poorer groups.
Real effects for society

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  • Paying attention to the problem of income inequalities, the underestimation of which may lead to destabilization of the social situation.
  • The reference to errors in the measurement of the level of income inequality allows for the explanation of the process of power change and the abrupt increase in effectively implemented redistribution.
  • Making the assessment of the level of income inequality more realistic makes it possible to adjust public policies to the actual level of income inequality.
Press releases

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Title: Polskie nierówności są na poziomie Rosji i Hondurasu? Prof. Marek Kośny zbadał nasze PIT-y
Published in: TOK FM
Year: 2018
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Dolnośląski kapitał XXI wieku. 1 promil najbogatszych zarabia 3 proc. dochodu regionu
Published in: Gazeta Wyborcza
Year: 2015
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Peronizm dla klasy średniej
Published in: Krytyka Polityczna
Year: 2015
Link to the publication: LINK
The most important scientific publications

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Title: Upper Tail of the Income Distribution in Tax Records and Survey Data: Evidence from Poland
Published in: Conference materials of the 32nd International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, Boston, August 5-11, 2012
Year: 2012
Link to the publication: LINK

Title: Upper Tail of the Income Distribution in Tax Records and Survey Data. Evidence from Poland
Published in: Argumenta Oeconomica
Year: 2019
Link to the publication: LINK


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