The experience of collecting data for my project has been enlightening. In many instances what I had planned to analyze had to be scrapped due to the corresponding data not being available. Many times data that had previously been collected was unavailable due to numerous reasons, including bureaucratic hurdles, the destruction of data, and in rare cases the unwillingness to share data. I came to appreciate the difficulty in conducting orignal research, specifically data driven econometrics in a developing nation.
Now that my stay in Bosnia is ending, I look back thankful for the unique opportunity that both the Reves Center and the William & Mary Bosnia Project have afforded me. I have meet with multiple economist and policy makers during my stay that have directed me in my search for information on government planning and records, specifically I would like to thank Mr. Cosic from World Bank.
My summer stay in Sarajevo, through the William and Mary’s Bosnia Project, has finally come. The sights, people and history have been nearly overwhelming these first few days. I’m happy to confirm that all I’ve heard from those who have been here before me is true. My stay here presents a unique opportunity to further my research through in-person interviews with key business, NGO, and government workers which I intend to fully take advantage of. At the present time I have finished my background reading and some early econometric work with data I have so far collected. Through the help of local William and Mary alumni I am lining up interviews for the coming weeks. I have also meet numerous local businessmen who have been more then happy to share their experiences dealing with bureaucratic hurdles.
Hello, my name is Sean Norris and I am a rising senior at the College of William & Mary. I’m honored to have received a Charles Center Summer Scholarship. I am a double major in International Relations and Economics. I would like to thank Professor Paula Pickering for helping me throughout the application process and inspiring me to do this research. I would also like to thank the Charles Center staff for their help. My project is a study into the regional variation of economic development in post-Dayton Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH). I theorize that varying growth patterns are due to the levels of regional institutional strength.