About Summer School of Economics

The Summer School of Economics is a unique education programme in the Western Balkans that brings together eminent lecturers, young researchers and outstanding students from the Region and beyond. The School gives participants the chance to learn about contemporary issues in economic theory and practice, to interact and share their views and experiences with eminent professors and young intellectuals.

The School offers: 16 hours of lectures and 8 hours of interactive workshops and discussions. The School's goal is twofold:

  • To provide education on contemporary economic issues which are usually not covered by the university curriculum
  • To establish durable links between young professionals and likely future leaders in the SEE region.

The School applies interactive methods of education by combining lectures and debates. Emphasis is put on the active participation of students in the education process. Lecturers at the Summer School of Economics are distinguished international scholars, professors from the region and beyond and local economic policy makers, experts from various institutions including World Bank, OECD, IMF and other domestic and international organisations. Participation at the Summer School of Economics is completely free of charge for all selected participants.

The School is organised by the Institute of Economic Sciences in cooperation with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Target Group

The target group are advanced undergraduate (at least 3rd year of bachelor studies) and graduate students in social sciences and humanities from the Western Balkan region. The Organization Committee will select around 30 candidates (15 students from the Western Balkan region and 15 from Serbia), with outstanding applications who demonstrate an interest in the main topics of the school and eagerness to learn and interact.


Course Topics:

  • Impact of International Financial Crises on Developing Countries
  • Empirics of Measuring Crises and Growth
  • The End of Globalisation (?) and its Consequences for Small Open Transition Countries
  • Alternatives to the current economic policies in the CEE countries
  • Deindustrialisation and its consequences
  • Sustainable development perspectives

Key Lecturers (inter alia):

  • Richard Frensch, PhD, Regensburg University, Regensburg
  • Brian Fabo, PhD, Marie Curie Fellow, CEU, Budapest
  • High representative of the World Bank in Serbia, Belgrade
  • Mlađan Mrđan, PhD, EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht
  • Miloš Božović, PhD, Faculty of Economics, University of Belgrade
  • Marko Malović, PhD, Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade
  • Carmine D’Arconte, PhD, Universita Roma III, Italy
  • Aleksandar Zdravković, Msc, Institute of Economic Sciences, Belgrade


  • Draft programme - May 15, 2017
  • Application deadline - June 10, 2017
  • Information on selected candidates - June 15, 2017
  • Final programme - June 20, 2017


The list of other requirements is set out below:

  • Under 30 years of age
  • Application form
  • Motivation letter (up to 300 words describing why you would like to take part in the school, what you expect to gain from it and how you think you will contribute to its overall organization while participating in it and in future
  • Short Resume or CV
  • Two recommendation letters (from professors or superiors, must include their contact details)
  • High average mark during (if still a student) or at the end of studies (if the applicant has already graduated)
  • Good knowledge of the English language (if available, please send us some proof)

Please send the aforementioned documents to in a single attachment to the following e-mail: isse@ien.bg.ac.rs


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