XIII ESPI Summer School of Economic Policy


sample_3WHAT DOES THE XIII ESPI SUMMER SCHOOL HAVE TO OFFER? July 12th – 23rd July 2010.

The Economic and Social Policy Institute is organizing the 13th annual Summer School of Economic Policy. It was started in 1998, triggered by the need to provide education about emerging market economy and contemporary economic trends that were excluded from the formal system of education at the time. Since the Summer School gathers students from the entire region of the Western Balkans, it not only offers students the opportunity to learn from distinguished lecturers, both from Serbia and abroad, but also the chance to meet their peers from the region, and establish friendships and networks that will be important in their future careers.

The focus of the Summer School is on economic policy, and its related fields, such as social policy, education and labor market policies, issues of poverty and inequality, etc. Students will have the opportunity to attend lectures from leading experts in the field of economic and social policy. A further topic is institutional development in the context of economic development. Issues of poverty, inequality and living standard development in some of the European countries will be presented in the context of long run economic perspectives. In addition, certain recommendations and experiences will be highlighted for the developing countries and for Serbia as well. The proper place of financial capital in the modern economic system, a topic of special interest today, and the one which brings forward the loudest calls for state regulation and intervention, will also be presented. In connection with this, different views could be found regarding to the concrete steps that should be taken to solve the consequences of the economic crisis.

TThe students of economics, law and social sciences from the region will have a possibility to share their critical views with the lecturers from both academia and practice. The students will have the opportunity to attend the lectures given by the professors from the prestigious world and local universities. The lecturers who confirmed their participation at the Summer School so far are: Branko Milanović, John Hopkins University and the World Bank, U.S.A.; Barbara Kolm, F.A.v. Hayek Institut, Austria; David Bailey, Coventry University, U.K; Dušan Vujović, World Bank U.S.A. and Singidunum University, Belgrade; Leandro Prados de la Escosura, Universidad Carlos III, Spain; Mark Gradstein, Ben Gurion University, Israel; Mihail Arandarenko, University of Belgrade and Foundation for the Advancement of Economics etc.

Furthermore, students will have an excellent opportunity to find out more about how economic policy making looks like “from the inside”, as they will attend lectures by the head of the Republic of Serbia’s Securities Commission, Milko Štimac, Vice-president of the Serbian Government and Minister for the Economy and Regional Development, Mlađan Dinkić, and the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia, Radovan Jelašić. Students will also have opportunity to meet representatives of the diplomatic core and international organizations in Serbia, who usually teach the Summer School participants lessons on the democratization of the society and on the role of international organizations in Serbia and the region.


Thirty (30) applicants will be accepted to the Summer School. Education in social sciences and humanities is preferred (especially in economics and related disciplines, such as law, political science, sociology, organizational science and the like).

Applicants from the following countries may apply: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia.

The list of other requirements is set out below:


  • Under 30 years of age
  • Application form (Download: ESPI InstituteSummerSchool2010ApplicationForm.doc), you can also get a copy at the Institute itself)
  • 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

You can register either (a) online, by sending the required materials to office@espi.rs or (b) at the ESPI Institute itself, at Topličin venac 11/1


The Selection Committee will be in charge of announcing the final list of participants no later than the 25th of June. The factors most affecting the outcome will be the motivation letter, the recommendation letters and an interview (for those outside Belgrade, a phone interview will be conducted). Those who have been chosen will need to confirm their participation by the 30th of June.


The participants will be accommodated at the hostel in downtown Belgrade. Meals are included.


The ESPI Institute can cover up to €50 of travel costs. We do require proof of the travel costs incurred.


Tel. 00 381 11 3346 086
Fax 00 381 11 3346 172
E-mail: office@espi.rs