zarkovic

JELENA ZARKOVIC RAKIC PhD

Cabinet:231

Phone:+381 11 3021171

Consultation:Monday, 11:00-13:00

Email:zarkovic@ekof.bg.ac.rs

Office address
FREN, Faculty of Economics
Kamenicka  6, 11000 Belgrade,
phone: +381 11 3021171, fax:+381 11 2639560
Email: zarkovic@ekof.bg.ac.rs

EDUCATION:

  • 2010. PhD; Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade. Thesis title: “Employment effects of labor tax cuts:  evidence from Serbia”.
  • 2009. Visiting PhD student; European University Institute, Florence, Italy.
  • 2006. Mphil degree in Public Sector Economics, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade
  • 2005. Visiting Student, Research and writing of a master thesis paper; George Mason University (USA)
  • 2003. BSc in Banking and Finance, Faculty of Economics, University of Novi Sad.
  • 2002. Diploma from Georgetown University (USA) for courses attended at The American Institute on Political and Economic Systems, Prague, Czech Republic

POSITIONS:

  • Teaching assistant, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, as of 2004
  • Assistant Professor; Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, as of 2011.
  • Associate Professor; Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade, as of 2016
  • Director, Foundation for the Advancement of Economics (FREN), as of 2012

PROJECTS:

  • Project Manager. Project funded by the European commission under the Seventh Framework Project – FP7. Enabling the flourishing and evolution of social entrepreneurship for innovative and inclusive societies, 2013-2016
  • Researcher/Consultant. “Strategic Plan of the National Policy Dialogue in the Field of Social Sciences in Serbia”, Second Phase 2014-2016.  Regional Research Promotion Programme in Western Balkans (RRPP) and Local Coordination Unit in Serbia, 2014-2016
  • Project coordinator for Serbia and researcher. RRPP. Migration as social protection. Analysis of Macedonian, Albanian and Serbian remittance-receiving households. 2014-2016
  • Project Coordinator and Researcher. Partnership for Economic Policy. Department for International Development (DFID), United Kingdom and Government of Canada through International Development Research Center (IDRC). Project ‘‘Reduction of child poverty in Serbia: balancing between improved cash-transfers and policies that promote parental employment”. 2015-2016
  • Management Committee substitute. European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). Project European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and the Humanities (ENRESSH).

PAST POSITIONS AND PROJECTS:  

  • Social Policy Coordinator; DFID. Project: Social Policy Reform-Building and Strengthening State-Civil Society Relationships to Reduce Poverty and Social Exclusion in Serbia, funded by the UK’s Department for International Development; Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities, Belgrade, 2003.
  • Short-term Consultant, World Bank. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia country chapters for the OECD tax and benefit model, September/October 2009 and January-March 2013.
  • Project Coordinator and Researcher. FREN and ISER. Project: Building a Serbian tax and benefit micro-simulation model using EUROMOD”, FREN and the ISER, University of Essex, 2009/2010.
  • Project coordinator and researcher. RRPP. Project: Making Work Pay in Western Balkan Countries: Evidence from Serbia and Macedonia. Project supported  by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation within the Regional Research Promotion Programme Western Balkans. 2012/13
  • Consultant. World Bank. Project: Quantitative assessment of changes in the coverage and adequacy of social assistance as a result of adoption of the Draft Law on Social Welfare in Serbia. Project done for the World Bank, FREN, 2010.
  • Consultant. Government of Serbia. Project: Policy Impact Analysis – from inactivity to employment: Opportunities for Raising Activity and Employment in Serbia, Social Inclusion and Poverty Reduction Strategy Unit, Government of Serbia, 2011/2012
  • Project coordinator and researcher. ERSTE. Project: Addressing rising inactivity of older people in Serbia. ERSTE Foundation Fellowship for Social Research,  2012/2013
  • Consultant. World Bank. Meeting the Job Challenges in the Western Balkans. July-November 2014
  • Consultant. World Bank. Women’s access to economic opportunities in Serbia. June-October 2015
  • Consultant. World Bank. Project: Women’s access to economic opportunities in Serbia.2015-2016.
  • Project coordinator and researcher. European Union – The Civil Society Facility Programme 2013 – IPA. FREN.  Achieving Effective Policy Monitoring and Evaluation through Evidence Supplied by the Civil Society -Public Administration and Social Policy and Employment Sectors. 2013/2014
  • Lecturer. Government of Serbia and Hanns Seidel Stiftung. Courses: Preparation of public policy proposals and evaluation of public policies, Human Resource Management Service of the Government of Serbia and  Hanns Seidel Stiftung, 2013.

COMPUTER SKILSS:

  • Good command of Microsoft Office tools and STATA, basic knowledge of SPSS and E-views

LANGUAGES:

  • English – fluent
  • French – intermediate
  • Italian – intermediate
  • Serbian – native

SELECTED ARTICLES:

  • “Welfare State and Social Enterprise in Transition: Evidence from Serbia “(2017) Voluntas, pp 1-26, forthcoming, doi:10.1007/s11266-017-9844-2
  • “Employment effects of tax cuts in transition country: evidence from Serbia”, Post-Communist Economies, Vol 27 (3), 397-412, 2015
  •  “Improving Working Incentives: Evaluation of Tax Policy Reform Using SRMOD”, International Journal of Microsimulation, Vol. 6, Issue 1, Spring 2013
  • “Simulating Policy Reform: Distributional and Poverty Outcomes of the New Social Welfare Law in Serbia”, chapter in book Poverty and Exclusion in the Western Balkans – New Directions in Measurement and Policy, 2013, editors Ruggeri Laderachi, C. and Savastano, S., Springer, the Netherlands
  • “Addressing inequality and poverty with tax instruments”, Economic Annals 56(190), 2011

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