Prof. Dr. Katarina Ott
Katarina is Director of the Institute of Public Finance in Zagreb and the editor of the journal Financial Theory and Practice. She is a lecturer at the Faculty of Mathematics and Faculty of Political Sciences at the Zagreb University. Katarina has vast experience in managing research projects in the wider field of public sector economics. Her main area of interest is the relationship between the government and the economy, in particular the underground economy, the state budget, public sector reform and local finances. She is further interested in public sector transparency, government accountability and citizens’ participation both at national and sub-national levels. Katarina is actively participating in a number of civil society initiatives, including the Global Movement for Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Participation (BTAP), the Open Government Partnership and the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency. Katarina is a trustee of the “Prof. Dr. Marijan Hanzekovic Foundation. Katarina holds a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor.
Dr Predrag Bejakovic
Predrag is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Public Finance since 1997. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. After that he was a Kingdom of Denmark scholar in Copenhagen, a Fulbright scholar at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a British Council scholar at Essex and Bath universities. He has been involved in various research projects on the underground economy, the development of the tax administration and pension reform. He publishes in scientific and professional journals and is author and co-author of numerous of books in the field of economy, public finance and labour economics.
Recently he co-authored and co-edited the book “Equity vs. Efficiency Possibilities to Lessen the Trade-Off in Social, Employment and Education Policy in South-East Europe” (Friedrich Ebert, Bulgaria). Predrag is part-time lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, Zagreb University. He is member of the Interdepartmental Working Body for Labour Market Monitoring at the Agency for Science and Higher Education in Croatia, as well as member of the Working Group for the preparation of the Law on Social Welfare at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. In 2009 he received the annual award of science by the Government of Croatia.
Dr Ivica Urban
Ivica is an experienced researcher at the Institute of Public Finance, employed since 2002. In 2006 he obtained his Master’s degree from the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb. His Master’s thesis focused on the decomposition of the index of progressivity of the income tax in Croatia. Since 2008 he has been working on his doctoral dissertation “Redistributive effects of direct taxes and social benefits in Croatia” at the Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana, which he successfully defended in May 2010. In 2011 he was appointed research associate in economics at the Institute of Economics, a leading Croatian public research institute. Ivica’s main areas of expertise are redistributive effect of the fiscal system and the impact of taxes and benefits on income distribution of citizens. In addition, he has undertaken research on measuring the unofficial economy, measuring the transparency of the budget, as well as microsimulations of tax, social benefits and pension systems. He has participated in the development of numerous scientific research studies for domestic and foreign clients, such as the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, the Ministry of Finance, the Tax Administration, the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, the International Budget Partnership, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the William Davidson Institute, the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies, among others. Recently, he has been involved as a member of the Croatian national team in the EU-wide project EUROMOD, an Europe-wide tax-benefit microsimulation model.
Irena joined the Institute of Public Finance in 2008 as Head of Legal Department. In 2007 she obtained her Master’s degree in Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb, where she is currently a PhD candidate within the Fiscal System and Fiscal Policy doctoral programme. In 2011 she also completed a course in legal linguistics at the Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb. She regularly publishes professional articles and contributes to research projects on a variety of topics, including environmental taxes, non-tax revenues, tax avoidance, financing and tax treatment of sports, civil society organisations, housing savings and the audio-visual industry. She was appointed court interpreter for English in 2011 and translates scientific articles and other documents.
Josip Franic is an early-stage researcher working with the Institute of Public Finance since 2011 and seconded to the University of Sheffield during the first year of the project. He conducts research on the informal economy in Croatia and Macedonia, as well evaluations of specific measures to tackle undeclared work. His research interests include undeclared work, tax expenditures and local and regional self-government units.Josip holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Financial and Business Mathematics from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. Currently he is doing a Master’s in Statistical Methods for Economic Analyses and Forecasting at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb, Croatia, and a PhD in Management at the Management School of the University of Sheffield.