5-6 April 2017, Skopje, Holiday Inn


Program                                                                                              Print version of Program 

5 April 2017 (Wednesday)

16.00-16.30     Registration

16.30-16.45     Dimitar Bogov, Governor of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, Welcome speech

16.45-17.00     Kiril Minoski, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Macedonia, Opening remarks

17.00-17.20     Poul Thomsen, Director, European Department, International Monetary Fund, Keynote lecture

17.20-18.30     High Level Policy Panel

                           Chair: Gligor Bishev, former Deputy Governor of the NBRM 

                           Poul Thomsen, Director, European Department, International Monetary Fund 

                           Peter Sanfey, Deputy Director for Economics, Policy and Governance, 
                           European Bank for Reconstruction and Development 

                           Vassilis Monastiriotis, Associate Professor, London School of Economics, 
                           LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe

                           Dimitar Bogov, Governor, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

18.30-18.45     Questions from the audience

18.45     Open buffet reception

6 April 2017 (Thursday)

8.30-9.00     Registration

9.00-9.30     Opening of the Conference
                       Turalay Kenc, former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey, 
                       Keynote lecture

9.30-10.45     Session I: Monetary policy under prolonged global uncertainty: what has changed during the last global crisis?

                          Chair: Anita Angelovska Bezhoska, Vice Governor, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

9.30-9.50     Altin Tanku, Bank of Albania, Has the crisis changed the monetary transmission mechanism in Albania? An application of kernel density estimation technique   (presentation PDF)

9.50-10.10     Leo de Haan, De Nederlandsche Bank: The signalling content of asset prices for inflation: Implications for Quantitative Easing (presentation PDF)

10.10-10.30     Goran Petreski, Faculty of Economics, Skopje, Discussant   (presentation PDF)

10.30-10.45     Discussion

10.45-11.15     Coffee break

11.15 - 12.30     Session II: Financial stability and financial system reforms    

                             Chair: Maja Kadievska Vojnovic, Vice Governor, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

11.15-11.35     Yannick Lucotte, Paris School of Business, Competition and credit procyclicality in European banking   (presentation PDF)

11.35-11.55     Bernard H. Casey, London School of Economics, Pension funds and their contribution to long-term investment: the case of the (Western) Balkans and CEE   (presentation PDF)

11.55-12.15     Viktorija Atanasovska Noveski, Financial Stability and Banking Regulation Department, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, Discussant    (presentation PDF)

12.15-12.30     Discussion

12.30-13.30     Lunch

13.30-14.45     Session III: Dealing with external and internal shocks    

                           Chair: Ana Mitreska, Head of the Monetary Policy and Research Department, 
                           National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia

13.30-13.50     Sebastian Beer, Austrian Central Bank, The costs and benefits of interest rate exposure – evidence from a panel of CESEE countries    (presentation PDF)

13.50-14.10     Gani Ramadani, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, Firms’ responses to shocks by price, wage and employment in Macedonia   (presentation PDF) 

14.10-14.30     Biljana Jovanovic, Monetary Policy and Research Department, National Bank     of the Republic of Macedonia, Discussant   (presentation PDF) 

14.30-14.45     Discussion

14.45-15.15     Coffee break

15.15 - 16.30     Session IV: Some old and new central banking challenges

                             Chair: Aneta Krstevska, Chief Economist, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia     

15.15-15.35     Ana Martinis, Croatian National Bank, De-euroisation in Croatia: Mission (Im)Possible?   (presentation PDF)

15.35-15.55     Neda Popovska Kamnar, National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia, Monetary policy communication: Evidence from Survey Data   (presentation PDF) 

15.55-16.15     Piotr Zuk, European Central Bank, Discussant    

16.15-16.30     Discussion

16.30     Closing of the Conference

LSEE Conference on Social Cohesion in SEE

Programme                                                                                                               Print version of Programme

Venue: Holiday Inn Hotel, Skopje

Thursday 6 April

12.30 – 13.30     Lunch and registration

13.30 – 14.45     Plenary session: Growth and unemployment

14.45 – 15.15     Coffee break

15.15 – 17.15     Plenary session: Decentralisation

17.30 – 18.15     Business meeting (By invitation only)

Friday 7 April

09.00 – 09.30     Formal welcome

09.30 – 11.00     Parallel sessions A: Education & skills; Social models & policy; Governance & integration

11.00 – 11.30     Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00     Parallel sessions B: Migration & remittances; Education & inclusion; Welfare states & growth

13.00 – 14.00     Lunch

14.00 – 16.00     Parallel sessions C: Youth labour markets; Inclusion and minorities; Governance & society

16.00 – 16.30     Coffee break

16.30 – 18.00     Parallel sessions D: Gender issues; Public and private sectors

18.15 – 19.00     Keynote address: Welfare States and Income Inequalities

Thursday 6 April


12.30 – 13.30


13.30 – 14.45


Chair: Vassilis Monastiriotis (LSEE)

Ileana Tache, Florin Teodor Boldeanu – Economic growth in South Eastern Europe: An Investigation for six EU potential candidates

Cesar Cancho – Ten Messages about Youth Unemployment in South East Europe

14.45 – 15.15



15.15 – 17.15


Chair: Will Bartlett (LSEE)

Marjan Nikolov – Trends in Macedonian Decentralization

Katarina Đulić, Sanja Kmezić – Political economy of decentralisation in Serbia from 1990 until 2016

Lejla Lazović-Pita, Nina Branković, Halko Basarić – An investigation into the level of fiscal decentralisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Olimpija Hristova Zaevska – Decentralized and kind of democratized in ethnically divided Macedonia: the case of Struga and Strumica

17.30 – 18.15


(By invitation only)


18.15 – 19.30





Friday 7 April




Labour markets and skills

Social policy and inclusion

Economy and governance


09.00 – 09.30


Vassilis Monastiriotis, Director, LSE Research on Southeast Europe Ibrahim Ibrahimi, Minister of Labour and Social Policy

Charles Edmund Garrett, British Ambassador to Macedonia (tbc)


09.30 – 11.00





Education and skills Chair: Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski

Social models & policy

Chair: Esmeralda Shehaj

Governance & integration

Chair: Tena Prelec


Will Bartlett, Ivana Prica – Skill gaps in the Western Balkans: are they holding back economic development and growth?

Jadranka Kaluđerović; Milika Mirković – Mobility between VET and higher education in Montenegro- factors affecting students’ decisions

Bekim Syla –Entrepreneurial ability of graduates in Kosovo

Jovan Pejkovski – Poverty, Inequality and Models of Social Protection in the SEE Countries


Maja Gerovska Mitev – Social Protection of Workers with non- standard employment contracts in Macedonia

Besnik Fetahu – Albanian and Kosovo Social Model in a Comparative Context

Arlind Rama – Economic Governance in Western Balkans: How does it affect Region's European Integration?

Dorina Ndoj – The Model of “EU member’s Mentorship for Candidate Countries” within Regional Cooperation: The Case of Albania with Italy &Greece

Emilija Tudzarovska Gjorgjievska – The effects of corruption risks in the business sector on the progress of EU2020 strategy


11.00 – 11.30



11.30 – 13.00





Migration & remittances

Chair: Will Bartlett

Education and inclusion

Chair: Jovan Pejkovski

Welfare states & growth

Chair: Ileana Tache


Ertila Druga – Intention to Stay and Labor Migration of Albanian Doctors and Nurses

Nermin Oruc – Migration and Remittances in the Western Balkans: What do we know?

Esmeralda Shehaj, Adrian Hackaj – Back to basics: Determinants of Albanian migration in 2014-2015

Valbona Nathanaili – Teacher-teacher and teacher-principal collaborations in the public schools of Albanian educational pre-university system

Aleksandra Zhivkovikj, Sanja Bozovikj – Inequality in higher education: Accessibility at University Ss. Cyril and Methodius- Skopje

Azis Pollozhani, Fatmir Besimi – Education and Human Capital: Growth and Social Cohesion in Macedonia

Besa Xhaferi, Jehona Musliu – Testing Wagner's Law for Macedonia: Evidence from Causality Analysis

Vladimir Dimkovski, Maja Parnargieva-Zmejkova – Financial sustainability of the Macedonian health system

13.00 – 14.00



14.00 – 16.00





Youth labour markets Chair: Vassilis Monastiriotis

Inclusion and minorities Chair: Maja Gerovska Mitev

Governance and society

Chair: Marjan Nikolov


Tijana Angjelkovska, Viktorija Atanasovska Noveski, Jorge Davalos – Unemployment spell and vertical skills mismatches: The case of Macedonia’s youth

Nermin Oruc, Nina Branković – Transition from University to Employment of Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Duration Analysis

Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski – Youth survival on the labour market: Comparative evidence from three Western Balkan economies

Vesna Garvanlieva, Deniz Selmani, Marjan Nikolov – Enterprenuership and othering analysis for Roma inclusion in Macedonia

Biljana Chavkoska – EU Disability Policy in the Area of Employment and the Challenges for the republic of Macedonia

Selma Muhic Dizdarević – Roma Parents´ Reaction to New School Law in the Czech Republic

Despina Tumanoska, Blagica Petreski, Jorge Davalos – Simulation of a voucher policy for improving the social condition of remittance receivers in Macedonia


Stefan Chichevaliev – Social Entrepreneurship: A Second Chance for Social Policies

Tena Prelec – The transition game: informal practices and networks in the Western Balkans


16.00 – 16.30




16.30 – 18.00




Gender issues Chair: Jadranka Kaluđerović

Public and private sectors

Chair: Nermin Oruc


Mimoza Agolli, Esmeralda Shehaj – Dynamics in Women's Participation in Labour Market under recessive economic conditions in Albania

Ajtene Avdullahi, Vjosa Fejza – Gender inequality in Kosovo

Vassilis Monastiriotis –Gender-based biases in the Greek labour market during the crisis

Ermira Qosja, Roland Sahatçia, Anxhela Ferhataj – Impact of Managerial Skills on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Organizations

Fatmira Kola – The role of ICT in economic growth and social development in Albania

Vojin Golubović, Edlira Narazani, Marko Vladisavljević – Public- private Wage Differences in the Western Balkans


18.15 – 19.00


‘The Role of Welfare State Trajectories on Income Inequalities in Former Yugoslavia’ Dr Jelena Žarković Rakić, University of Belgrade and Director, FREN Chair: Aneta Krstevska, Chief Economist, NBRM


Conference ends

 The 3rd LSEE Research Network Conference on Social Cohesion in SEE is organised jointly with the 6th Annual Research Conference of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia:

Central Banking under Prolonged Global Uncertainty:

The Latest Lessons while Searching for the “New Normal”.

For more information, visit the NBRM website.