Public Sector Economics
2017 Conference

Program committee


Daniel Diaz-Fuentes, University of Cantabria

Full Professor at Univesity of Cantabria, Santander and Visiting Fellow at Cornell University, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell Program in Infrastructure Policy. He received his PhD in Economics from Universidad de Alcala-Madrid in 1992 and his Degree in Economics in 1986 from UCA-Buenos Aires. In 1987 he was awarded a United Nations scholarship for Postgraduate studies in Development and Public Policy at United Nations-ILPES and in 1988-89 he was awarded a scholarship for a MSc Public Economics at INAP (Public Administration National Institute)-Universidad de Alcala.


Josip Franić, Institute of Public Finance

Postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Math and a Master’s degree in Financial and Business Math from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. In 2017 he completed his PhD at the Sheffield University Management School, United Kingdom. His research interests relate to the labour market, with primary emphasis on the issue of undeclared work and other forms of tax evasion.


Atanas Kolev, European Investment Bank

Economist in the Economics Department of the European Investment Bank. He joined the Bank in 2005 to work on the European economy, European regions and business cycles. His primary fields of interest are macroeconomics and applied econometrics. Recent research has been concentrated on business cycle indicators, fiscal policy and climate change. He holds a PhD from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.


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).


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.


Organizing committee


Dubravko Mihaljek, Bank for International Settlements DANIEL DÍAZ-FUENTES, University of Cantabria
Peter Sanfey, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Atanas Kolev, European Investment Bank
Josip Franić, Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb
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