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Public sector economics 2019 conference
Published: October 24, 2019

Institute of Public Finance, in cooperation with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Zagreb, organized the annual Public Sector Economics conference dedicated to wealth and property taxation. The conference was opened by Assistant Minister of Finance and Director General of the Tax Administration Božidar Kutleša. Numerous foreign and domestic scientists and experts participated, and lectures were held by world renowned experts Enid Slack from the University of Toronto and Sarah Perret from OECD.
By organizing this Conference, Institute of Public Finance wanted to initiate and encourage discussions among scientists, public sector experts and general public about potentials and limitations of the wealth and property taxes and their role in the modern economy. Selected papers from the conference will be published in the journal Public Sector Economics.
New issue of Public Sector Economics
Published: September 14, 2019

In the new issue of Public Sector Economics, Mikkel Barslund and Lars Ludolph in the article Could the decrease in Belgian government debt-servicing costs offset increased age-related expenditure? calculate the direct gains accruing to the Belgian government from lower net debt interest payments and contrast them to the projected future increases in age-related expenditures. Sylwia Pieńkowska-Kamieniecka, Joanna Rutecka-Góra and Damian Walczak in the article Willingness to redistribute: the case of Poland based on the solidarity game, present the determinants of willingness for redistribution of a group of Polish students. Maria Cornachione Kula in the article The behavior of U.S. States’ debts and deficits uses a panel of U.S. state data from 1978-1998 to empirically investigate whether primary surpluses respond to rising debt/GDP ratios. José Alves in the article The impact of tax structure on investment: an empirical assessment for OECD countries evaluates the impact of the tax structure on investments in OECD countries in 1980-2015 period. The impact of direct and indirect taxes on the growth of the Turkish economy has been analysed by employing the autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) approach by Suna Korkmaz, Metehan Yilgor and Fadime Aksoy. Predrag Bejaković reviews a book Governance Beyond the Law: The Immoral, The Illegal, The Criminal (Abel Polese, Alessandra Russo and Francesco Strazzari, Eds.)

Migration and Ageing Populations workshop
Published: September 13, 2019

The Institute of Public Finance hosted the Migration and Ageing Populations workshop on September 5th - 6th 2019, organised with the Oxford Institute for Population Ageing (University of Oxford) and Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy of the Republic of Croatia. Participants from Central and Eastern Europe, members of the EAST (Eastern European Ageing Societies in Transition) research network, presented their research on migration and ageing. Professor George W. Leeson from the University of Oxford gave a lecture entitled ‘Migration as a Policy Response to Population Ageing’. The State Secretary at the Ministry of Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, Ms. Margareta Mađerić, was also present at the workshop. The programme is available here.


Public Sector Economics Conference
The Institute of Public Finance and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung are organizedinternational conference Public Sector Economics 2019 – Wealth and property taxation: where do we stand? on 24 October 2019 in Zagreb, Croatia. Detailed information is available at the conference web site.

Local budget transparency
On July 3, 2019 the Institute of Public Finance presented the results of the fifth annual research cycle of the budget transparency of all 576 Croatian local governments. 

To make the results more accessible and easier to read, the Institute published an interactive map that shows the status of each local government unit.


Press Release
The press Release, entitled Long-Term Care in Croatia: the European Commission's perspectiveMarijana Bađun describes the characteristics of the long-term care system for persons with impaired functional capacity in Croatia, presented in an updated version of the Joint Report on Healthcare and Long-Term Care Systems and Fiscal Sustainability, published by the European Commission in June 2019.

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