wiiw Balkan Observatory website relaunch

Dear friends of the wiiw Balkan Observatory,

The www.balkan-observatory.net website has been relaunched. The site has now a modern design and is also more user-friendly. A number of new features has been introduced as well. The most important one is certainly the introduction of the The wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers series that offers a wide choice of some of the best papers written on Southeast European economies over the past 13 years. We hope that the new website will continue to be a useful tool for the SEE research community.

Best wishes,

Your wiiw team

Olga Radzyner Award 2011

The Oesterreichische Nationalbank has established an award to commemorate Olga Radzyner, former head of the Foreign Research Division, who died in a tragic accident in August 1999. The award is bestowed on young economists for excellent research focused on topics of European economic integration and is conferred annually at the OeNB’s Conference on European Economic Integration. Four applicants are eligible to receive a single payment of EUR 3,000 each from an annual total of EUR 12,000.
For more details please follow the OENB link.

wiiw GDN-SEE&CIS Announces Research Competition 2011

The Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies (wiiw), with financial support from the Global Development Network (GDN), the Austrian Ministry of Finance and the Oesterreichische Nationalbank (Austrian Central Bank), announces a SEE & CIS research competition within the framework of the wiiw Global Development Network Southeast Europe (wiiw GDN-SEE) research project.
For the Call for Proposals, please download the .doc file.

Call for papers: DG ECFIN Workshop "Public finances in times of severe economic stress – the role of institutions"

DG ECFIN is organising a one-day workshop on 30 November 2011 in Brussels. The workshop will look at the role of institutions for supporting sound fiscal policies during and after times of economic crisis. It will adopt a broad notion of institutions, comprising institutional characteristics of fiscal governance that structure the budgetary process in its planning, approval, and implementation stage, but also institutions in other policy areas if relevant for budgetary policies. The workshop will be arranged in three sessions around the following questions: (1) how can institutions provide relative stability during the crisis? (2) How are policy institutions shaped by conditions of public finance in times of crisis? (3) Which institutions facilitate stabilisation and/or adjustment policies and the trade-off between them? Candidates are invited to submit extended abstracts (up to 1,500 words) of research proposals related to the above mentioned topics until 22 June. Details on the call for contributions and the submission provisions can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/economy_finance/procurement_grants/academic_contributions/calls4papers/ecfin-c-2011-012-workshop_en.htm.

Submissions should be sent to the email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , clearly mentioning the topic of the paper in the subject line of the email. The above mailbox is reserved solely for submissions. Submissions sent to other mailboxes or to Commission staff cannot be accepted.

Deadline for submission: 22 June 2011 (23:59 CET)

Europe's World: Spring issue out now

Europe’s World is an independent policy journal launched by some 50 leading European think tanks. Published three times yearly, it is the only pan-European publication that offers policymakers and opinion-formers across Europe a platform for presenting ideas and forging consensus on key issues. It also reflects the diversity of national policy debates in EU states, with particular attention being paid to newcomer and candidate countries. The wiiw is member of the advisory board of Europe’s World.