Public Sector Economics
2016 Conference

Program committee


Dubravko Mihaljek, Bank for International Settlements

Head of Macroeconomic Analysis at the BIS since 2011. Previously he was Head of Emerging Markets (2010-11) and a senior economist (1999-2010). He analyses developments in emerging markets and the global economy, and organises central bank meetings on monetary policy and financial stability issues. Before joining the BIS, he was an economist and senior economist in the Fiscal Affairs, European and Asian Departments of the IMF in Washington DC (1990-99). From 1982 to 1989, he worked as an assistant research fellow at the Economics Institute in Zagreb. He studied economics at the University of Pittsburgh (PhD, 1990), the University of Minnesota (MA, 1986) and the University of Zagreb (BA, 1981).


Andreas Peichl, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Director of the ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys and Professor of Economics at the University of Munich and Research Associate at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex, UK (since 06/2008) and a Research Affiliate at Center for Economic Studies (CESifo) of the University of Munich, Germany (since 01/2010). He received his PhD in 2008. He has been involved in various research projects conducted on behalf of national ministries, the European Commission, the European Parliament, the European Central Bank and the OECD. His research focuses on empirical public and labor economics. His current research interests include (empirical) public economics, labor economics and welfare economics with particular reference to optimal taxation, tax reforms and their empirical evaluation, tax benefit microsimulation and the analysis of income distributions. His research has been published in various academic journals. 


Peter Sanfey, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Deputy Director for Country Economics and Policy within the Department of Economics, Policy and Governance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.  He is also a Visiting Senior Fellow in the LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe group at the European Institute, London School of Economics. Prior to joining the EBRD he was a lecturer in economics at the University of Kent at Canterbury. He has published widely in international refereed journals, mostly on transition economics, macroeconomics and labour economics, and he is the co-author of a recent book on the economic and policy foundations for growth in south-eastern Europe.


Ivica Urban, Institute of Public Finance

Researcher at the Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb. His primary topics of research are in the fields of microsimulation of taxes and benefits, measurement of fiscal incidence and distributive impact of the tax-benefit system. Obtained his PhD from the University of Ljubljana. Member of the EUROMOD national team for Croatia since 2013. His research has been published in public finance academic journals.


Organizing committee


Dubravko Mihaljek, Bank for International Settlements
Andreas Peichl, Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Peter Sanfey, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Ivica Urban, Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb
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