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A number of well-known academic economists, including Y. Manevich and M. Sonin, worked in the Chair. The Chair graduates are M. Topilin, Minister of Labor and Social Protection of the RF; T. Golikova, President of the Court of Auditors of the RF; A. Kurtin, First Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation; G. Yavlinskiy, a famous politician and economist; Doctor of Economics, Prof. L. Kartashova – Director of Plekhanov 'Integral' MBA Higher School; Y. Shubenkova, Head of the Educational and Methodological Department, and many others.

In the course of training by the Chair profile, students gain a holistic concept of labor as the basis for the society development and the overarching factor of production; of labor market, employment, unemployment, the principles of social protection of the population in the conditions of market relations; of the status and development of the human resources and labor potential of the country, the current trends in their effective use; of the level and quality of the people's lives ; of the labor and personnel management system, the interaction between and the development of its key elements in the conditions of market relations; of the labor organization, standardization, motivation and stimulation; social, income and salary policy; of the social partnership in the labor environment; of the international experience in regulation of the social and labor relations, wages and incomes.

The research conducted by the Chair of Labor Economics was also in the form of writing and publishing monographs and collections of articles. In particular, by the results of a corresponding research, such collection of research papers as 'The rational use of labor resources, the labor stimulation and productivity improvement in the national economy' was published.

The Chair created a number of textbooks, manuals and monographs on labor economics and its sections and personnel management, a lot of methodological documentation was made and published (course programs, seminar plans, problem books, etc.). Many of the Chair teachers are known as the authors of the textbooks and monographs in a corresponding area of knowledge, popular far beyond Plekhanov RUE; some of them are translated into foreign languages. The Chair teachers participate in implementation of the international programs of training under the IBS program. The classes on the courses are also given in English. The Chair is in contact with its foreign partners.

For many years, the Chair was the only one in the country by its profile and it helped the chairs of labor economics, when being established in a number of higher educational institutions, to work out the methodological documentation. By the Committee for the Higher School of the Ministry of Science, the Higher School of the "Ministry of Science, Higher School and Technical Policy of the Russian Federation", by Order # 711 of 25 November 1992 "On Establishment of the Educational and Methodological Associations of the RF", at the premises of Plekhanov Moscow Institute of National Economy (MINE), the Educational and Methodological Association (EMA) of Higher Educational Institutions of the Country by a number of specialties, including Labor Economics, was established and still works successfully, and the Chair is main in such association. At various times, the Education Board for Labor Economics to the extent of this association was headed by Doctor of Economics, Prof. N. Ivanov; Doctor of Economics, Prof. Y. Odegov; Doctor of Economics, Prof. Y. Shubenkova and Doctor of Economics, Prof. A. Asaliyev.

The Education Board for Labor Economics performs a permanent methodological guideline and coordination of activities of those higher educational institutions being the association members on a wide range of the issues related to the training, research and educational work, informs its partners about the higher education development in the country. On a yearly basis, the meetings of the EMA take place where the relevant issues are discussed as for the increase of the qualitative level of the graduates training, workout of the new methodological materials, including those on the training process quality assessment. In 2009-10, the Chair staff, in close cooperation with the active representatives of those higher educational institutions being the EMA members on Specialty 080104 'Labor Economics', developed such profile as 'Labor Economics' of Major 080100 'Economics', with the qualification (degree) of Bachelor. The Chair provides the higher educational institutions with the methodological support in working out the main curriculums on such profile to the extent of the Federal State Education Standard of the third generation.

Throughout its existence, the Chair has graduated many a generation of specialists, candidates and doctors of sciences in Labor Economics for the needs of the national economy of the former USSR, Russia and a number of foreign countries. The Chair graduates of the last century worked at the enterprises and construction sites of the country, in the Council of Ministers of the RSFSR, the State Committee for Labor and Wages, the State Planning Committees of the USSR and RSFSR, at the research institutes, and, at the present time – they apply their acquired knowledge and skills in the subdivisions of the State Employment Services, the bodies of social protection of the population, the establishments and institutions of the system of social partnership at various levels, as well as in businesses/companies/enterprises – in such subdivisions as the HR Department, Social Service, Labor and Wages Department, Personnel Department, other economic services.

The Chair of Labor Economics and Human Resources trains postgraduates on such Majors as 08.00.05 'Economics and National Economy Management (Labor Economics)' and 22.00.03 'Economic Sociology and Demography'.

Throughout its existence, the Chair was engaged in a great research work. In 1964, under the guidance of B. Milner, the Central Applied Research Laboratory of Industrial Management of the Electrical Engineering Industry (CAREL – Central Applied Research Economic Laboratory) was created, headed by Candidates of Economic Sciences Y. Petrov and Y. Yurkov, later on.

For many years, the Chair's research activities of paramount importance have been the ones related to the use of labor resources, labor standardization and stimulation improvement, the increase in labor productivity, the social development of enterprises. Thus, one of the themes of the Chair of Labor Economics done under the guidance of the Head of the Chair, Prof. N. Ivanov, in 1976-1980, was 'Rational Use of Labor Resources and the Increase in Labor Productivity in Industry'. Among the participants in this work were: Y. Odegov, F. Dudkin, M. Zeltyn, I. Alkin, P. Zhuravlev, L. Popov, G. Bystrov, V. Bychin, V. Sidorova, G, Shishkov. The major theme of the Chair of Labor Economics, done under the guidance of the Head of the Chair, Prof. N. Ivanov, was 'Research of the Impact of the Labor Standardization Improvement on the Technical-and-Economic Indexes', in which most of the Chair staff members took part. Under the guidance of the Deputy Head of the Chair, Candidate of Economic Sciences, Assistant Professor F. Dudkin, jointly with the Department of the Labor Economics and Social Development of the CAREL of Plekhanov MINE, such theme as 'Workout of the Plan of Social Development for 1981-1985' was done

One of the latest research works, done by the Chair members (V. Bychin and Y. Shubenkova) in the amount of 460 thousand rubles, is dedicated to the problems of the labor market of the Russian Federation and its regions, as well as to the determination of the need of the economy of the country and its regions for the specialists of various professional groups.

The Chair staff has always introduced actively its scientific research results not only to the training process, but also to the practice. The Chair has provided and provides the enterprises, establishments and institutions of various industries with its support in development and introduction of the new methods of the labor organization, standardization, motivation and stimulation. In such work those students are involved on an ongoing basis, being the members of the so-called student research circle acting at the premises of the Chair. In the Soviet times, the Chair members and students were involved in working on the labor organization improvement, on a scientific basis at the enterprises of the Moskvoretskiy District of Moscow, as well as in training and transferring them to the new production planning and economic incentive conditions approved by the September (1965) Plenum of the Central Committee of the CPSU and the 23rd Party Congress. The Chair members were involved in making the Labor Sections of the 5-Year Plans of the national economy development, working of the Economic Commission of the All-Union Central Soviet of Trade Unions (AUCSTU), the section of the Scientific Organization of Labor of the All-Union Council of Scientific and Technical Societies (SOL AUCSTS) of the AUCSTU.

At the present time, the Chair of Labor Economics and Human Resources performs the research work in the knowledge area corresponding to the section of Scientific Specialty 08.00.05 'Economics and the National Economy Management'. The main scientific activities are related to the research of the trends and regularities of the labor activity, the social and labor relations, the reproduction of labor and human capital assets, the labor and employment market, the organizational and socioeconomic tools, the labor and employment management. In particular, the Chair develops the theoretical-methodological and the scientific-applied problems in the area: the reproduction of human capital assets and the investment in the; the quality of the modern labor power and the provision of its competitiveness and mobility; the labor market functioning and development; the labor power formation, allocation and use; the standards of living; the social policy and development of the system of social protection of the population; the social partnership; the motivation for: labor activity, stimulation and remuneration; the labor activity standardization, organization and humanization; the labor and recreation conditions; the increase in the employment and labor activity efficiency.