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Public Sector Economics 2020 Conference
Published: March 25, 2020

The Institute of Public Finance and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung are organizing a conference Public Sector Economics 2020 – The State and Perspectives of Pension Reforms, on November 6, 2020 in Zagreb, Croatia. We invite submissions of theoretical, empirical and policy papers covering these and related topics from the aspects of economics, finance, demographics, sociology, political science, law, health and other sciences. Detailed information (including the call for papers) is available at the conference web site. 

Should government meddle in anybody's working time?
Published: March 18, 2020

The latest Press Release entitled Should government meddle in anybody's working time? features the full text of an article by Katarina Ott, published in the Banka magazine in April 2008. The message of this 12-year old article is that a ban on Sunday trading contributes to neither consumer satisfaction nor job creation. It is hoped that the announced changes in Sunday store opening regulations will once again end up in a failure.

New issue of Public Sector Economics
Published: March 9, 2020
In the new issue of Public Sector Economics, Iva Tomić in the article Employment protection reforms and labour market outcomes in the aftermath of the recession: Evidence from Croatia examines the effects of employment protection legislation reforms on employment outcomes in Croatia. The article received the 2019 Prof. Dr. Marijan Hanžeković Award for the best academic article. In the article A stochastic forecast for the Croatian pension system Ivan Tomaš analyses the financial sustainability of the Croatian pension system after the 2019 reform. The article received the 2019 Prof. Dr. Marijan Hanžeković Award for the best student article. Šime Smolić, Ivan Čipin and Petra Međimurec in article How is health associated with employment during later working life in Croatia? investigate how self-rated health, as a measure of general health, is associated with employment during later working life in Croatia. Marina Tkalec in the article History Matters: Development and Institutional Persistence of the Habsburg Military Frontier in Croatia explores the effect of the long-gone Habsburg Military Frontier on modern institutions in Croatia. Dubravko Mihaljek reviews the book Capitalism without capital: the rise of the intangible economy by Jonathan Haskel and Stian Westlake, which provides important insights on the evolution of capitalism in the global economy during the first two decades of the 21st century. 

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.


The upper child benefit threshold was increased by 40% in July 2018, but this change did not result in an expected increase in the number of beneficiaries and children receiving the benefit. In anticipation of the new change in the threshold, which could take effect in January 2020, Ivica Urban and Martina Pezer describe in the new Newsletter About Child benefit what child benefit is, how it is calculated, and try to discover possible reasons for the failure of the 2018 measure. One of them is inadequate information provided to potential beneficiaries, hence one of recommendations would be that all parents and guardians should check their eligibility for child benefit.

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