5th Conference of the LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion in South East Europe

Economic and social inclusion in an age of political uncertainty in South East Europe

LSE Research on Southeast Europe (LSEE) in collaboration with EBRD are pleased to announce the 5th Conference of the LSEE Research Network on Social Cohesion in South East Europe which will take place in Belgrade 21-22 November 2019. 

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The conference aims to bring together scholars and practitioners working on the broad theme of economic and social inclusion in South East Europe to present their latest research findings on these issues. Contributions are welcome from a wide range of disciplines including all branches of economics, transition and development studies, political economy, social policy, law, and public administration. The conference aims to lay the foundations for the production of an edited book, featuring the best papers presented at the conference. Papers may also be considered for publication in the refereed journal Economic Annals.


For enquiries or any other questions, please contact ei.lsee@lse.ac.uk.   

Conference Programme

Conference Presentations

Session 1a: Labour Markets and Wages

Mihail Arandarenko, Dragan Aleksić Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade

A low-wage, high-tax trap in the Western Balkans

Aleksandra Anić & Gorana Krstić, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade

Gender pay gap in Serbia


Jadranka Kaluđerović, Vojin Golubović & Milika Mirković, Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses, Montenegro

In-work poverty in Montenegro


Session 1b: Social Protection Policies and Innovations

Artan Mustafa, University for Business and Technology, Kosovo & Maja Gerovska Mitev, Ss. Cyril & Methodius University in Skopje

Continuities and changes in social protection expenditure in the Western Balkans: Financing sources, determinants and redistribution

Bernard Casey, London School of Economics and Political Science        

Pension policy developments in South East Europe

Sonila Danaj & Anette Scoppetta, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna   

Challenges and opportunities in integrating social and employment services for vulnerable groups in the Western Balkans: a comparative analysis

Enkeleida Tahiraj, LSEE - London School of Economics and Political Science

Renewed boundaries of social policy: basic income and a new social contract

Session 2a: Labour Market Institutions and Youth Employment

Elvisa Drishti & Visar Dizdari, University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”

Cross national comparison of job types: analysis using the EU LFS & Albanian LFS

Elma Demir, Goldsmiths University of London               

Organized anarchy: how informal rules and institutional corruption shape the labour market in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Vassilis Monastiriotis, LSE & Iva Tomić, Institute of Economics Zagreb

Youth unemployment in Croatia

Kseniia Oleneva, Institute for Public Policy and Good Governance, Tirana

Self-employment as a viable solution for youth integration in the labor market: The case of Albania

Session 2b: Inequality and Redistribution

Dragan Tevdovski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje & Viktor Stojkoski, Academy of Sciences and Arts of North Macedonia

The ergodic hypothesis in South East Europe

Jelena Žarković & Saša Ranđelović, Faculty of Economics,University of Belgrade & Marko Vladisavljević, Institute for Economic Sciences, Belgrade

The distributional impact of Serbia’s taxes and social spending

Marko Vladisavljević, Jovan Zubović, Mihajlo Đukić & Olivera Jovanović, Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade

The effect of tobacco excise increases on inequality in Serbia

Session 3a: Female Labour Market Activity and Entrepreneurship

Marija Andonova & Nikica Mojsoska-Blazevski, University American College, Skopje

Determinants of female (in)activity on the labour market:  A comparative perspective within a group of Mediterranean and South-Eastern Europe countries

Besnik Krasniqi, University of Prishtina

Female labour market participation and skills in Kosovo

Azra Branković & Azra Bičo,International University of Sarajevo

Case study on female entrepreneurship in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Ermira Kalaj, University of Shkodra "Luigj Gurakuqi"

Female entrepreneurship in Albania: analysis of incentives and disincentives

Session 3b: Vocational skills and Work-based Learning

Wolfgang Frimmel, Johannes Kepler University Linz & Burim Prenaj and Fitor Murati, University of Prishtina        

Skill-mismatch and the consequences in the labor market: Evidence from Kosovo

Sidita Dibra, University of Tirana & Elvisa Drishti, University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”

Blended learning in vocational education and training in Albania: preparing youth for the future of work

Vesna Fabian & Maja Jandrić, Faculty of Economics , University of Belgrade

Quality of realization of vocational training and the position of the individual in the labour market

Nina Branković, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

Apprenticeship system in Bosnia and Herzegovina: myth or reality

Session 4a: Fiscal Decentralisation and Unequal Development

Aida Gjika, University of Tirana, Mehtap Hisarciklilar, Coventry University & Iraj Hashi, Staffordshire University    

Is fiscal decentralisation a “normal good”? Empirical evidence from transition economies

Katarina Dulić, FEFA, Belgrade

Book launch: Fiscal decentralisation and policy reversals in South East Europe

Dubravka Jurlina Alibegović, EIZ, Zagreb

Tax autonomy of Croatian cities in the 2002–2018 period

Will Bartlett, LSEE, Besnik Krasniqi, University of Prishtina & Jasmina Ahmetbasić, Sarajevo School of Science and Technology

Attracting FDI to the Western Balkans: special economic zones and regional unequal development

Session 4b: Integrating Migrants

Ružica Simić Banović, University of Zagreb, Mirela Alpeza, J.J. Strossmayer University,Osijek & Jan Brzozowski, Cracow University of Economics           

The cleavage between rising need of immigrant (social) entrepreneurship and rising barriers facing it: the case of Croatia

Maja Marković, NGO Juventas, Podgorica

The effect of the active employment measures to the internal youth migrations

Bresena Kopliku, University of Shkodra “Luigj Gurakuqi”          

The challenges of integrating returned migrants in the Albanian labour market

Merita Xhumari, University of Tirana

The correlations between social protection and migration in Albania