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About the author

Vuk Vukovic, see my webpage here

I am a PhD student at the University of Oxford, Pembroke College, and I hold a Master of Science degree from the London School of Economics.

I worked at the Zagreb School of Economics and Management (2012-2016) where I taught Political Economy, Public Finance, International Economics and Principles of Economics. In the summer of 2013 I was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. I am also a research fellow for the Adam Smith Institute (ASI). Apart for the ASI I write occasionally for the Oxford University Press blogInstitute of Economic Affairs, and the Centre for Policy Studies, while in Croatian I write for Banka and Jutarnji list.

Outside the academia I co-founded (and am a director of) Oraclum Intelligence Systems Ltd, a start-up specialized in election forecasting, big data analysis and visualization, and market research. 

My research: (the link is to the research on my personal webpage, it contains the most updated version)
(also @ ResearchGate)

Working papers:
      - preview of findings here
=> “Proxy Politics, Economic Protest, or Traditionalist Backlash: Croatia’s Referendum on the Constitutional Definition of Marriage” (2016) (with Josip Glaurdić)
=> "Granting votes: Political economy of intergovernmental grants in Croatia" (with Josip Glaurdić), August 2015
- "Post-war Voters as Fiscal Liberals: Spending, Capital Outlays, and Subsidies" (with Josip Glaurdić), September 2015

Published papers:
=> "To Invest or Not to Invest, That is the Question: Analysis of Firm Behavior Under Anticipated Shocks" (with Dejan Kovač, Nikola Kleut, and Boris Podobnik), August 2016, PLoS ONE 11(8): e0158782. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0158782
=> "Voting after war: Legacy of conflict and the economy as determinants of electoral support in Croatia" (with Josip Glaurdić), Electoral Studies, Volume 42 (June 2016) pages 135–145. doi:10.1016/j.electstud.2016.02.012
(author's post-print)
      - preview of findings in daily newspaper Jutarnji list (in Croatian)
=> "Proxy politics, economic protest, or traditionalist backlash: Croatia's referendum on the constitutional definition of marriage" (with Josip Glaurdić), Europe-Asia Studies, Volume 68 (5): 803-825. (July 2016)=> "Does the Wage Gap between Private and Public Sectors Encourage Political Corruption?" (2015) (with Boris Podobnik and H. Eugene Stanley). PLoS ONE 10(10): e0141211. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141211
=> "Prosperity and peace: Economic interests and war legacy in Croatia's EU referendum vote" (2015) (with Josip Glaurdić) European Union Politics, December 2015, vol. 16(4): 577-600.
=> "Croatia: Challenges after EU Accession" (with Luka Orešković) in E.E. Zeff and E.B. Pirro (eds.) The European Union and the Member States, 3rd Edition, Lynne Reinner Publishers, USA, 2015
=> "The Global Financial Crisis: A Political Economy Approach" in J.L.Grant (ed.) Perspectives on the Global Financial Crisis From Emerging Managers and Public Policy Makers, JLG Research, February 2014, Boston, MA, pp. 61-85. - "Unburdening Enterprise" Adam Smith Institute Paper (October, 2012) - covered in the Financial Times, see summary here.
=> "Political Economy of the US financial crisis", (2011) Financial Theory and Practice Vol.35(1): 91-128  - see here for a summary

Book reviews:
- Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson (July 2012, also published in the Financial Theory and Practice, in September 2012)
- Robust Political Economy: Classical Liberalism and the Future of Public Policy by Mark Pennington (June 2012)
- South East Europe after the Crisis by William Bartlett and Vassilis Monastiriotis (June 2011)

Op-eds, blog posts and other texts:
- Oxford University Press blog (inequality)
- VoxEU (institutional reform, austerity debate)
Adam Smith Institute writings (on regulation, SMEs, fiscal consolidation, taxes, housing, fiscal policy, unemployment, productivity, eurozone and general libertarian topics);
Institute of Economic Affairs (fiscal consolidation, interest ratres, Greece, eurozone, and institutional reform)
- Centre for Policy Studies (recovery, financial crisis, structural reform)
- Banka Magazin (in Croatian) (fiscal consolidation, NGDP targeting, fiscal stimulus, technology and unemployment, public choice theory, Margaret Thatcher, formal and informal institutions, US budget bargaining game, Coase in memoriam, Spain's political crisis, Economics as a science etc.)
- Jutarnji list (in Croatian) (policy reforms, business, government, institutions, election forecasting project)
- Lider (in Croatian) (monetary policy; education)
- Poslovni Dnevnik (in Croatian) (taxes, institutional reform)

- Interview for Globus (in Croatian, various econ topics, reforms, corruption, Greece, institutions, etc.)
- Interview of the week on Soundset Radio (in Croatian, about political corruption, my paper, and the reforms in Croatia)
- Interview for Jutarnji list (in Croatian, about myself and my paper)
- Interview on Hrvatski Radio, Treći Program (in Croatian, about New Institutional Economics)
- Interview for Slobodna Dalmacija (commenting economic policies of the Croatian government)
- Interview for Večernji list
- TV appearances (HRT, RTL)
All media coverage available here

My LinkedIn profile

About the blog

The blog covers issues on economics and political economy in general, and concerning issues in the US, UK and the Eurozone in particular. It also touches upon certain topics of global ramifications, and occasionally some economic theory. It offers comments and opinions on various macroeconomic issues such as the 2008 financial crisis, the subsequent recovery and its regulatory responses, monetary policy, fiscal policy, but also a closer look into structural and institutional reforms, the austerity vs. stimulus debate, economic freedom and cronyism, technological progress and a range of other political economy issues.

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