THE SLOVAK ECONOMIC ASSOCIATION’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE
On 21 and 22 September 2018, the Slovak Economic Association (SEA), in partnership with Comenius University in Bratislava and its Faculty of Management, organized the Slovak Economic Association Meeting (SEAM 2018) at the faculty.
By: CU Public Relations Office
The conference was opened by the SEA chairman Martin Kahanec, Comenius University Rector Karol Mičieta, and the dean of the Faculty of Management Jozef Komorník. Comenius University Rector Karol Mičieta asserted that the support of investment in human potential remained one of the university’s priorities. “I am sure that your participation in this forum and your professional and personal engagement is an important step towards the emergence of new economic elites,” he said.
During the conference, the SEA awarded the Young Economist Award, for those under 35 years of age, for the best research article presented at the conference. Out of 22 papers, the conference’s scientific committee decided that the paper by Dagmara Celik Katreniak from the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, entitled “Persistent Overconfidence: Evidence from a Randomized Control Trial in Uganda”, was the most deserving candidate. The SEA also awarded Andrej Svorenčík from the University of Mannheim with the Martin Filko Prize for his contribution towards the development of the Slovak economy.
The keynote speakers were Wendy Carlin (University College London) and Gérard Roland (University of California, Berkeley). Wendy Carlin is a professor of economics at University College London and an expert advisor to the British Office for Budget Responsibility. She researches transitional economies, macroeconomics, and reform in economics education. In her talk, entitled “The Economics 101 Paradigm is Broken: What is the Alternative?”, she argued that the problems of present-day economies, such as inequality, the future of work, globalization, financial instability, and environmental sustainability, require students to be educated in a different way. It is possible to bring the latest economic research into the classroom and train a new generation of economic policy makers, journalists, and active citizens.
Gérard Roland is a Belgian economist and political scientist based at the University of California, Berkeley. He is one of the most renowned researchers in the field of transitional and post-communist economies. His talk was on “The Evolution of Post-Communist Systems: Eastern Europe versus China”, where he compared the different approaches to economic transformation in China and Central and Eastern Europe. The economy in China is growing rapidly even though institutional control remains in the hands of the Communist Party. The countries of Central Europe initially undertook rapid reforms, but due to inadequately developed institutions they found themselves living in a kleptocratic state. EU membership and a more developed civic society have led some European countries towards better outcomes.