European competitiveness challenges: The EU, Croatia and beyond

European competitiveness challenges: The EU, Croatia and beyond

Wednesday, 25 November 2015 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Seminar Room, European Studies Centre, 70 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HR
Speaker(s): 
Boris Vujčić (Governor, Croatian National Bank)
Chair: 
Gillian Edgeworth (Wellington Management; St Antony’s College, Oxford)
Convenor: 
Othon Anastasakis; Adam Bennett)
Series: 
SEESOX

In exploring competitiveness, Boris will examine European productivity trends relative to the U.S. and Asia, as well as productivity catch-up and divergence across different European economies, including the newer EU states. In exploring diverging trends in productivity across Europe both pre and post EMU, Boris will argue that any lasting solution to Europe's growth shortfalls can only be addressed via structural reforms. 

Boris Vujčić holds a BA, an MA and a PhD in economics from the University of Zagreb. He has also received diplomas in economics from the Montpellier University (France) and the Michigan State University, and in-service training at the European Commission monetary matters department in Brussels. Between 1992 and 1994, Mr Vujčić was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex in Brighton, a visiting lecturer at the University of Freiberg, Germany and a visiting scholar at the University of Kentucky, USA. From 1994 to 2000, Mr Vujčić was a periodical external collaborator for the International Labour Organization (ILO) and a consultant to the European Commission. He joined the Croatian National Bank in 1997, and was director of the research department for three years before becoming deputy governor in 2000, a position to which he was re-appointed in 2006. In July 2012, Mr Vujcic became Governor of the Croatian National Bank for a six-year term of office. Mr Vujčić started his academic career as an assistant lecturer at the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb in 1989 and became a professor in 2003. He also teaches at the Diplomatic Academy of the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the University of Zagreb, Department of Mathematics. Mr Vujčić has been a member of the Global Development Network (GDN) board since 2005. He was also a deputy chief negotiator in Republic of Croatia’s negotiations with the European Union. Mr Vujčić’s fields of expertise are macroeconomics, international finance and labour economics.

In association with PEFM.