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Spotlight on the Visegrad Economies

Hosted by LSE IDEAS and the Polish Cultural Institute



Professor Martin Kahanec

Professor Martin Kahanec

Dr Zsoka Koczan

Dr Zsoka Koczan

Professor Lubomir Lizal

Professor Lubomir Lizal

Dr Krzysztof Mazur

Dr Dora Piroska

Dr Dora Piroska


Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi

Join us as we shine a spotlight on Central Europe’s Visegrad economies thirty years after the establishment of the V4 Group.

This 90-minute online discussion will consider the economic indicators and outputs of the V4 (Visegrad Group) and ask how the V4 economies are performing. What are the characteristics of these Central European economies? What is the impact of foreign investment on the economies and political decision-making across the Group? How can we expect them to perform in the coming years? We will consider the economic priorities and policies of each country, how the four countries interact as economies and how the Visegrad Group alliance has influenced economic and business decision-making in the region and beyond.

This is the first in a series of three events commemorating the 30 year anniversary of the Visegrad Group, held in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute in London. Our series explores the Visegrad Group from its economic, cultural, and political aspects to assess its successes and failures over the past thirty years and consider what to expect from the Visegrad Four in the future.

Martin Kahanec is Professor and Acting Dean (2020-21, 2017-19) of the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest. He is a member of the national COVID-19 Economic Crisis Management Council at the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic and member of Minister's advisory council. His main research interests are labor and population economics, migration, EU mobility, ethnicity, and reforms in European labor markets.

Zsoka Koczan is a Senior Economist at the EBRD Office of the Chief Economist. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining the EBRD Zsoka worked as an economist at the IMF in the European Department and in the Research Department. Her current research focuses on within-country income disparities, migration and inequality.

Lubomir Lizal is a Czech economist who was a head of Economic Institute of the Academy of Sciences and also served as a member of the Bank Board of the Czech National Bank. He has been President of the Anglo-American University in Prague since August 2018 and currently is associated with Czech Technical University and Expobank.

Krzysztof Mazur is a political scientist. He served as Undersecretary of State in the Polish Ministry of Development from 2019-2020.

Dora Piroska is Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest. She is also a visiting professor at the IR Department of Central European University. She holds a PhD from the CEU in Political Science. Her research focuses on the political economy of banking and finance, development finance both at the national and international levels. She has particular interest in the Eastern European region.

Piroska Nagy-Mohácsi is a macroeconomist and Interim Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the School of Public Policy of the LSE. She was formerly Policy Director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and co-created and co-led the Vienna Initiative in 2008-15, a public-private crisis management and coordination platform in emerging Europe, and headed its Secretariat.

LSE IDEAS (@lseideas) is LSE's foreign policy think tank. We connect academic knowledge of diplomacy and strategy with the people who use it.

The Polish Cultural Institute in London showcase contemporary Polish culture for Britain's multicultural audience. 

The Czech Centre London actively promotes the Czech Republic by showcasing Czech culture, innovations and creativity in the UK. 


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