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Social Cohesion and Economic Governance

3rd CONFERENCE - LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion in SEE

 

Organised by:

LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe
National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM)
University American College Skopje (UACS)

Date: 

Thursday and Friday, 6-7 April 2017

Venue:

Holiday Inn Hotel, Skopje (MK)
  PROGRAMME

 Group-photo

Over the last two decades the countries of South Eastern Europe (SEE) have been undergoing lengthy structural reforms as a consequence of the combined processes of economic transition, social change, administrative reform, post-conflict reconstruction, state-building and preparations for accession to the EU. Moreover, these countries are located within a region that over the last twenty years has suffered from political instability, multiple economic crises, growing social polarization, ethnic fragmentation and increasing spatial inequalities, all of which has been exacerbated by the ongoing economic crisis that began at the end of the last decade.

Despite the importance of these issues, the study of social and economic inclusion and cohesion has not developed sufficiently in SEE in comparison with Western Europe or the Central East European countries. In most SEE countries the consequences of growing social problems have been underestimated and social issues have generally remained in the shadow of other priorities on the policy agenda. At the same time, questions of growth and economic integration within the region and within the EU remain as important as ever. This brings to the forth issues of economic governance and of managing the multiple challenges facing the region – from democratic backsliding and credible commitment to reforms, to migration pressures and to stimulating cohesive, inclusive and sustainable growth.

The 3rd LSEE Research Network Conference was held on Thursday and Friday, 6-7 April 2017, the first sessions starting in parallel to the 6th Annual Research Conference of the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM). It is organised in cooperation with the NBRM and University American College Skopje (UACS). The LSEE Research Network Conference participants were invited to take part in the proceedings of the NBRM’s conference and to the conference dinner, taking place in the evening of Thursday, 6 April 2016.

Aims

The aim of the conference was to provide a forum for the presentation, dissemination and discussion of the latest research findings on topics related to questions of social and economic cohesion and economic governance in South Eastern Europe and in countries in the wider ‘transition’ region. Researchers from all social science disciplines including social policy, political economy, economics, political science, public administration, sociology, and socio-legal studies were invited to submit abstracts of their papers. Papers submitted for the conference may be considered for publication in an edited volume encompassing the event’s themes.

Conference Themes

  • Exclusion and inequality in the labour market
  • Poverty, inequality and social protection
  • Education attainment, exclusion and inequalities of opportunity
  • Health inequalities, health deprivation and health policy
  • Inclusion/exclusion of minorities / Roma
  • Socio-economic cohesion and the SEE 2020 Strategy
  • Trade, development and the macro-economy
  • Decentralisation and regional development

Photos from the Conference

PROGRAMME

Thursday, 6 April

Plenary Session I: Growth & Unemployment

Chair: Vassilis Monastiriotis (LSEE)

'Economic growth in South Eastern Europe:An Investigation for six EU potential candidates'
Ileana Tache, Transilvania University of Brasov
Florin Teodor Boldeanu, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu

'Ten Messages about Youth Unemployment in South East Europe'
Cesar Cancho, The World Bank

Plenary Session II: Decentralisation 

Chair: Will Bartlett (LSEE)

'Trends in Macedonian Decentralization'
Marjan Nikolov, Center for Economic Analyses, Skopje

'Political economy of decentralisation in Serbia from1990 until 2016'
Katarina Đulić, Metropolitan University, Belgrade
Sanja Kmezić, University of Graz; EURAK Belgrade

'An investigation into the level offiscal decentralisation in Bosnia and Herzegovina'
Lejla Lazović-Pita, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo
Halko Basarić, Independant consultant, Sarajevo

'Decentralized and kind of democratized in ethnicallydivided Macedonia: the case of Struga and Strumica'
Olimpija Hristova Zaevska, Central European University, Budapest

Friday, 7 April

 FORMAL WELCOME
Vassilis Monastiriotis, Director, LSE Research on Southeast Europe
Ibrahim Ibrahimi, Minister of Labour and Social Policy
Paul Edwards, Deputy Head of Mission, British Embassy, Macedonia

PARALLEL SESSIONS A

Education & Skills

Chair: Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski, University American College-Skopje

'Skill gaps in the Western Balkans: are they holding back economic development and growth?'
Will Bartlett, LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe
Ivana Prica, University of Belgrade

'Mobility between VET and higher education in Montenegro factors affecting students’ decisions'
Jadranka Kaluđerović, Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses
Milika Mirković, Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses

'Entrepreneurial ability of graduates in Kosovo'
Bekim Syla, European University of Tirana

Social models & policy

Chair: Esmeralda Shehaj, University of Tirana

'Poverty, Inequality and Models of Social Protection in the SEE Countries'
Jovan Pejkovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje

'Social Protection of Workers with non-standard employment contracts in Macedonia'
Maja Gerovska Mitev, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje

Governance & Integration

Chair: Tena Prelec, Sussex University; LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe

'Economic Governance in Western Balkans: How does it affect Region's European Integration?'
Arlind Rama, Research Department - Bank of Albania

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

'The effects of corruption risks in the business sector on the progress of EU2020 strategy'
Emilija Tudzarovska-Gjorgjievska, Independent Researcher

PARALLEL SESSIONS B

Migration & Remitances

Chair: Will Bartlett, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

'Intention to Stay and Labor Migration of Albanian Doctors and Nurses'
Ertila Druga, European University of Tirana

'Migration and Remittances in the Western Balkans: What do we know?'
Nermin Oruc, Center for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research (CREDI), Sarajevo

'Back to basics: Determinants of Albanian migration in 2014-2015'
Esmeralda Shehaj, University of Tirana
Ardian Hackaj, Cooperation and Development Institute, Tirana

Education & Inclusion 

Chair: Marjan Nikolov, Center for Economic Analyses

'Teacher-teacher and teacher-principal collaborations in the public schools of Albanian educational pre-university system'
Valbona Nathanaili, European University of Tirana

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

Welfare states & Growth

Chair: Ileana Tache, Transilvania University of Brasov

'Education and Human Capital: Growth and Social Cohesion in Macedonia'
Azis Pollozhani, University 'Mother Teresa' - Skopje
Fatmir Besimi, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

'Testing Wagner's Law for Macedonia: Evidence from Causality Analysis'
Besa Xhaferi, State University of Tetova
Jehona Musliu, State University of Tetova

'Financial sustainability of the Macedonian health system'
Vladimir Dimkovski, Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation “Studiorum"
Maja Parnargieva-Zmejkova, University American College-Skopje

PARALLEL SESSIONS C

Youth labour markets

Chair: Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

'Unemployment spell and vertical skills mismatches: case of Macedonia’s youth'
Tijana Angjelkovska, NBRM
Viktorija Atanasovska Noveski, NBRM
Jorge Davalos, Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú

'Transition from University to Employment of Youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina: A Duration Analysis'
Nermin Oruc, Center for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research (CREDI), Sarajevo
Nina Branković, University of Zagreb

'Youth survival on the labour market: Comparative evidence from three Western Balkan economies'
Nikica Mojsoska Blazhevski, University American College-Skopje
Marjan Petreski, University American College-Skopje; Finance Think
Marjan Bojadziev, University American College-Skopje

Inclusion & Minorities

Chair: Maja Gerovska Mitev, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje

'Enterprenuership and othering analysis for Roma inclusion in Macedonia'
Vesna Garvanlieva, Center for Economic Analyses
Deniz Selmani, Institute for Research and Policy Analyses – Romalitico Skopje
Marjan Nikolov, Center for Economic Analyses, Skopje

'EU Disability Policy in the Area of Employment and the Challenges for the republic of Macedonia'
Biljana Chavkoska, International Balkan University, Institute for Research IECE

'Roma Parents´ Reaction to New School Law in the Czech Republic'
Selma Muhic Dizdarević, Charles University

Governance & Society 

Chair: Jovan Pejkovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje

'Simulation of a voucher policy for improving the social condition of remittance receivers in Macedonia'
Despina Tumanoska, Finance Think – Economic Research and Policy Institute, Skopje
Blagica Petreski, Finance Think – Economic Research and Policy Institute, Skopje
Jorge Davalos, Universidad del Pacífico, Lima, Perú

'Social Entrepreneurship: A Second Chance for Social Policies'
Stefan Chichevaliev, Centre for Regional Policy Research and Cooperation "Studiorum"

'The transition game: informal practices and networks in the Western Balkans'
Tena Prelec, Sussex University; LSEE - Research on South Eastern Europe

PARALLEL SESSIONS D

Gender issues

Chair: Jadranka Kaluđerović, Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses

'Dynamics in Women's Participation in Labour Market under recessive economic conditions in Albania'
Mimoza Agolli, The Canadian Institute of Technology
Esmeralda Shehaj, University of Tirana

'Gender inequality in Kosovo'
Ajtene Avdullahi, University of Mitrovica "Isa Boletini"
Vjosa Fejza, University “Hasan Prishtina”, Prishtina

'Gender-based biases in the Greek labour market during the crisis'
Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSEE Research on South Eastern Europe

Public & Private sectors 

Chair: Nermin Oruc, Center for Development Evaluation and Social Science Research

'Impact of Managerial Skills on the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Organizations'
Ermira Qosja, European University of Tirana
Roland Sahatcia, Mediterranean University
Anxhela Ferhataj, European University of Tirana

'The role of ICT in economic growth and social development in Albania'
Fatmira Kola, Tor Vergata University
Erjon Sula, Tirana Metropolitan University

'Public-private Wage Differences in the Western Balkans'
Vojin Golubović, ISSP
Edlira Narazani, Joint Research Centre - Seville, European Commission
Marko Vladisavljević, FREN

KEYNOTE LECTURE
‘The Role of Welfare State Trajectories on Income Inequalities
in Former Yugoslavia’

Jelena Žarković Rakić, University of Belgrade and Director, FREN
Chair: Aneta Krstevska, Chief Economist, NBRM

Keynote-lecture

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Organisers and supporters

The conference is organised by the LSE Research on South Eastern Europe (LSEE) at the London School of Economics in cooperation with the National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia (NBRM) and the University American College Skopje (UACS). LSEE acknowledges the financial support of the National Bank of Greece (NBG). 

About LSEE

LSEE (LSE Research on South Eastern Europe) is a research unit established within LSE's European Institute. Drawing on the strength of existing and new academic expertise at the LSE, and complementing the work of the Hellenic Observatory and the Contemporary Turkish Studies Programme, LSEE provides a significant platform on which to build high quality, independent research and facilitating public dialogue and dissemination of information on the region. Through its Network on Social Cohesion and Development in SEE, LSEE provides a forum for research collaboration not only within the LSE and the UK, but also with external partners in South Eastern Europe and beyond. LSEE furthermore organises regular series of public events related to its research - lectures, seminars, workshops and conferences – both at the LSE and in the region.

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