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Public Sector Economics 2017 Conference
Published: April 13, 2017

The Institute of Public Finance and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung are organizing a research and policy conference Public Sector Economics 2017 – Public investment: catalyst for sustainable growth. The conference will cover a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, conditions under which raising public investment can sustainably lift growth, and the associated implications for public finances and debt. We invite submission of theoretical, empirical and policy papers on macro-fiscal analysis, public debt, productivity growth, R&D, infrastructure and investment financing, public sector governance, energy and resource economics, transportation, education, health care, culture, urban and housing development, adaptation to climate change, public sector transparency, accountability and public participation, etc., in both advanced and emerging market economies and both at the national and the sub-national levels of government. Detailed information, is available at the conference web site.

New name of the journal
Published: March 16, 2017

The scientific journal Financial Theory and Practice enters the 41st year of its publication with a new name Public Sector Economics, refreshed editorial board, editorial staff, as well as the new web platform.

During these years, the journal has several times changed both its name and contents. With this newest change it will more focus on theoretical, empirical and policy papers analysing the role and functioning of the public sector on macroeconomic, sectoral and microeconomic levels, both in developed and in emerging markets.

More about journal’s past but also the future in the Editors’ introduction Public sector economics – introduction to the inaugural issue by Katarina Ott and Dubravko Mihaljek.

An Overview of Social Protection Benefits in Croatia
Published: February 15, 2017

The latest Press Release titled An Overview of Social Protection Benefits in Croatia features a report by Martina Pezer and Ivica Urban on a database published on the Institute of Public Finance's website on January 25, 2017. The purpose of publishing the Benefits Overview is to emphasize the importance of regular, transparent and comprehensive reporting for a successful and effective social policy at the central and lower levels of government.


Local budget transparency
On 5th July 2016 the Institute of Public Finance presented the budget transparency research results for all 576 Croatian local government units (counties, cities and municipalities).

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.

In the new Newsletter entitled Budget transparency in Croatian local government units - employees’ views, Katarina Ott and Mihaela Bronić present a survey conducted among employees in Croatian local government units  which may help in identifying the factors that promote (or hinder) local budget transparency. Results of this survey showed that the local government units were generally more satisfied with their levels of transparency than they should be, given the actual results. They believed that neither the public nor legislation required that they should publish more budget information. Moreover, the survey revealed inadequate administrative capacity and overload of other tasks in many cities and municipalities, highlighting once again the question of the purpose and sustainability of current number of local government units.

In the new Fiscus entitled The Gas Sector in the Republic of Croatia - Liberalisation and Financial Operations, Anto Bajo, Marko Primorac and Dijana Jurinec have analysed business operations of 100 companies in the gas sector and emphasized significant changes in the market structure.

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