Vladimer Papava 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 (Deputy Chairman of the 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 Macroeconomic Regulations."
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 post-kommunisticheskogo 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 Russian).
- 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, we-publish.com, 2003.
- Effertivnost obshchestvennogo proizvodstva i mezhotraslevye vodeli (Efficiency of Social Production in the Input-Output Models). Tbilisi, "Metsniereba," 1988. (In Russian).
- Shevardnadze K., Chechelashvili R., Chocheli V., Khaduri N. Papava Indexes of Tax Corruption. Tbilisi, Imperial, 2000.
- A. Szegö. "V.G.Papava. Effektivnost' Obshchestvennovo Proizvodstva i Mezhotraslevije Modeli." Economic Systems Research. Journal of the International Input-Output Association, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1992.
- Anders Åslund. Georgia on My Mind. Economic realism in a new book on post-Soviet economic transformation. The International Economy Magazine, Winter, 2006.
- Stephen Jones. "Papava, Vladimer. Necroeconomics: The Political Economy of Post-Communist Capitalism: Lessons from Georgia." Russian Review, Volume 65, Issue 3, 2006.