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Budget transparency in Croatian counties, cities and municipalities
Published: June 29, 2022
On 29 June 2022, the Institute of Public Finance presented the results of the eight cycle of budget transparency research of all 576 Croatian regional/local units. The overall average level of budget transparency – measured by the number of budget documents published on regional/local government unit's websites – year after year keeps improving, and in this cycle stands at 4.5 (out of a maximum 5). This is a significant improvement from 2015 when the average stood at 1.8. It was emphasised that although the publishing of documents does not, in itself, guarantee absolute transparency, it is considered the initial step toward higher transparency levels necessary for citizens’ participation in the budgetary process and control over the collection and spending of public funds.
In order to make the results as accessible and clear as possible, the Institute published an interactive map showing the situation in all counties, cities and municipalities. More detailed analysis of the research is published in the IPF Notes Budget Transparency in Croatian Counties, Cities and Municipalities: November 2020 – April 2021.
Central government budget transparency
Published: June 23, 2022

In the IPF Notes, Mihaela Bronić and Josip Franić have published the analysis Central government budget transparency: Croatia records slight drop compared to previous research cycle, in which they comment the latest results of the international research conducted by the International Budget Partnership.


Public Sector Economics Conference
The Institute of Public Finance is organizing the annual virtual Public Sector Economics 2022 Conference – Ageing and Long-Term Care to be held on October 21, 2022. The goal of the conference is to analyse the current state of long-term care around the world and provide new policy options for tackling challenges that population ageing will bring to long-term care. 

Additional information is available at the conference website.


Public Sector Economics journal ranks first in Croatia in the area of Economics, Econometrics and Finance
According to SJR - Scimago Journal & Country Rank indicators for 2021, the journal Public Sector Economics (PSE) is ranked in the third quartile (Q3) and is 34th (out of 161) among Croatian journals indexed in the Scopus database. This is a significant improvement from 2020 when it was in the fourth quartile (Q4) and in 80th place. We are extremely pleased to inform you that in the field of Economics, Econometrics and Finance PSE is in the first place in Croatia! 
Thanks to all the authors, reviewers, PSE conferences participants and others who directly or indirectly contributed to this result. 

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