Viktor Bryzgalin is a Senior Research Analyst in the Institute for National Projects (Moscow, Russia), a think tank which specializes in applied research. Concurrently he is completing Ph.D (candidate) thesis at the Faculty of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Viktor’s research interests lie in the field of cultural norms and social capital and its influence on economic development. His research, “Influence of bonding social capital on economic growth”, focuses on the role of family ties, friendship ties and other exclusive types of social capital in fostering economic growth. His faculty advisor is Paul Dower.