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New issue of Financial Theory and Practice
Published: June 9, 2016

New special issue of Financial Theory and Practice is devoted to the comparison of tax wedge on labour income in Croatia and in selected number of EU countries. The articles in this issue have arisen from the research project which Katarina Ott and Ivica Urban made with their students at the Faculty of Science – Department of Mathematics, at the University of Zagreb. The main research issue was to analyse whether the conclusion that Croatian tax burden was moderately high holds in the case of other hypothetical units as well, such as singles with different levels of gross wage, or singles and couples with children.

In the preface Tax wedge on labour income in Croatia and the European Union (Preface to the special issue of Financial Theory and Practice) Ivica Urban outlines the motivation behind the research project and explains the most important methodological issues while each paper analyses Croatia and four other EU countries, which differ across the papers. Thus, the analysis embraces a total of seventeen countries: (1) Ivana Beketić: Tax wedge in Croatia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Portugal and France; (2) Maja Cundić: Tax wedge in Croatia, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands and Spain; (3) Ana Gabrilo: Tax wedge in Croatia, Belgium, Estonia, Germany and Slovakia; (4) Marin Onorato: Tax wedge in Croatia, Austria, Hungary, Poland and Greece. Lejla Lazović-Pita reviews the book Inequality: what can be done? (Anthony B. Atkinson).

You can order your copy of the latest issue, as well as the previous issues, in the webshop.

The contribution for occupational health protection
Published: May 24, 2016

In new Newsletter entitled The contribution for occupational health protection Marijana Bađun analyses how the Croatian Health Insurance Fund (CHIF) spends the funds collected from the contribution for occupational health protection.

EU grants to Croatian counties, cities and municipalities
Published: May 10, 2016

In the new Newsletter entitled EU grants to Croatian counties, cities and municipalities, 2011-14 Katarina Ott, Mihaela Bronić and Branko Stanić provide information on the grants received by Croatian counties, cities and municipalities as holders or partners in the implementation of the programs and projects (co)financed by the EU in the period 2011-14. Also available is a downloadable database in Excel for further, more detailed analysis by readers. Despite the growing use of EU grants, the amounts used are relatively modest and it is astonishing that as much as 85% of the municipalities and more than half of the cities have never used grants.


Local budget transparency
On 17 June 2015 the Institute of Public Finance presented the results of a large research project related to local budget transparency, which for the first time included all 576 local government units in Croatia.

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.

Conference announcement
Institute of Public Finance is organizing the conference Public Sector Economics (October 14-15, 2016, Zagreb, Croatia).

Detailed information are available at the conference web site.


In new Fiscus entitled The restructuring and privatisation of the shipyards in Croatia Anto Bajo, Marko Primorac and Martin Hanich explain the main characteristics of the processes in which the shipyards have been restructured, of the liabilities that the state has assumed pursuant to restructuring contracts and the sale of their shares and the liabilities and responsibilities that the new owners have taken on.

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