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Development strategy of Slovenia as a member of the European Union

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.02.00  Social sciences  Economics   

Code Science Field
S180  Social sciences  Economics, econometrics, economic theory, economic systems, economic policy 

Code Science Field
5.02  Social Sciences  Economics and Business 
The development Strategy of Slovenia 2030, economic, social and environmental development factors, models
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Data for the last 5 years (citations for the last 10 years) on September 30, 2023; A3 for period 2017-2021
Data for ARIS tenders ( 04.04.2019 – Programme tender , archive )
Database Linked records Citations Pure citations Average pure citations
WoS  237  3,223  3,037  12.81 
Scopus  260  4,141  3,909  15.03 
Researchers (24)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  23616  PhD Aleš Ahčan  Economics  Researcher  2022 - 2023  174 
2.  33234  PhD Tjaša Bartolj  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  77 
3.  54736  Enia Bearzotti  Economics  Junior researcher  2020 - 2023 
4.  13617  PhD Janez Bešter  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  143 
5.  27501  PhD Matjaž Črnigoj  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  158 
6.  13547  PhD Jože Damijan  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  2,078 
7.  33624  PhD Sandra Damijan  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  44 
8.  38168  PhD Miha Dominko  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  77 
9.  37928  Erna Emrić    Technical associate  2020 
10.  15636  PhD Damjan Kavaš  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  266 
11.  24102  PhD Črt Kostevc  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  309 
12.  19042  PhD Nataša Kump  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  146 
13.  09110  PhD Boris Majcen  Economics  Head  2020 - 2023  475 
14.  23544  PhD Nika Murovec  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  96 
15.  30812  PhD Marko Ogorevc  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  104 
16.  18937  PhD Sašo Polanec  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  340 
17.  15337  PhD Valentina Prevolnik Rupel  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  383 
18.  33182  PhD Kaja Primc  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  81 
19.  15323  PhD Renata Slabe Erker  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  291 
20.  28931  PhD Andrej Srakar  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  430 
21.  07813  PhD Nada Stropnik  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2022  463 
22.  24563  PhD Miroslav Verbič  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023  463 
23.  51926  Darja Zabavnik  Economics  Researcher  2020 - 2023 
24.  53849  Dunja Zlotrg    Technical associate  2021 - 2023 
Organisations (2)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0502  Institute for Economic Research  Ljubljana  5051690000  2,658 
2.  0584  University of Ljubljana, School of Economics and Business (SEB)  Ljubljana  1626922  41,231 
The proposed content of the research programme follows the direction of the Institute for Economic Research (IER), whose mission is to create new basic knowledge and implement top internationally recognized research in the area of economics. The exceptionally important component of the mission is also the use of fundamental knowledge and advanced scientific methods in applied and development projects, in education and training of young researchers, as well as in the pedagogic process at the Universities. The IER’s research programme binds to the principal national strategic document - the Development Strategy of Slovenia 2030 - and therefore focuses on research areas that are important for the societal, economic, social, spatial, regional and sustainable development of the Republic of Slovenia. Slovenia is gradually improving in the area of quality of life and economic development, but it still lags considerably behind the most developed countries with regard to economic, social, environmental and spatial development. Further development opportunities are limited by low productivity, insufficient adjustment to demographic changes, continued excessive environmental pressure and a low level of state effectiveness in promoting development.  In the Strategy, Slovenia declared to follow a sustainable development, which enables satisfaction of needs of present generations without limiting the opportunities for the future generations. Sustainable development concept is reflected: a) structurally, across three aspects of welfare – economic, social and environmental, b) intertemporal – between generations and c) spatial – with an emphasis on cohesion in regional development.  The main objective of the IER’s research programme is the development of new models, methods, analyses and further development of relevant theories to address the selected economic, social and environmental challenges Slovenia is and will be facing, outlined in the Strategy. Within the research programme, the intertemporal dimension and spatial balanced development will be included as horizontal priorities, as well as further development of the model-based tools and methodologies. The research programme is in line with the orientation of the draft Horizon Europe 2021-2027, which will strengthen EU’s scientific and technological bases in order to help tackle the major global challenges and contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. At the same time, the Horizon Europe will boost the Union’s competitiveness, and help deliver on the Union’s strategic priorities and support the development and implementation of Union policies.  The research programme is in accordance with EU and national strategic documents and legislation. It will be based on an interdisciplinary approach with strong cooperation of IER and research organizations in Slovenia and abroad, also from other research fields, as natural and social sciences.
Significance for science
The research to be conducted within this programme will provide novelties in the field and ensure important original contributions to science:  - A novel approach to confront all five explanations not as competing theories, but as complementary forces and test their relative contribution in one single model. This will enable us to show which of the two most popular explanations – technology or trade – can explain a bigger part of evolution in the labour market. - A novel modelling framework to study the importance of firm-level shocks on the aggregate output. - First application of a supply-side approach proposed by De Loecker and Warzynski (2012) to infer market power and markups in Slovenian economy. - First research of this kind for Slovenia in a comparative EU setting that will analyse micro firm level factors and macroeconomic and institutional factors of firm growth. - A novel approach to establish the empirical relationships between firm size and productivity. - New insights on the role of financial factors, as well on the development of the financial system that allows firms to use new ways to raise capital. - innovative modelling of behaviour responses to social policy measures within microsimulation models. - A comparison of estimated effects of reforms with the use of labour market microsimulation model, which includes or excludes commuting costs and labour demand, will show the size of bias in the estimations based on models, which ignore those two elements. We will contribute to the development of science also with an illustration of how the commuting costs can be integrated into the microsimulation model. - With the use of innovative model solutions, the proposed program will address number of open questions in the field of health and long term care and in many respects open up the possibilities for further research, in particular with approaches that have so far never been used in this field (for example symbolic and functional data, Bayesian nonparametric modelling) and certainly never in Slovenia. This opens up the possibilities not only for research in health care and long-term care, but of modelling and methodological research in general. Also, we address questions that are unexplored or not sufficiently explored in theoretical sense, such as comparative studies of long-term care systems and modelling of dementia for the elderly. - Development and testing comprehensive cross-national models of different pro-environmental behaviours within psycho-sociological perspective of sustainable development. The scientific contribution of the proposed research within environmental perspective will be in exploring the possibilities for more targeted and results-oriented agri-environmental policy measures. The research on energy poverty aims to demonstrate how the qualitative comparative analysis (QCA) can overcome the deficiency of the current methodological and conceptual approaches in exploring energy poverty.
Significance for the country
An exceptionally important part of the research program mission is also practical use of the fundamental knowledge and advanced scientific methods for the needs of particular ministries and other government institutions as well as in the education and training of young researchers, and in the pedagogic process at the universities. Therefore, the IER research program is focused on the transfer of theoretical knowledge and methodologies to the preparation of expert bases for a number of current economic and social needs (analysis of the situation in particular areas, amendments and assessment of the consequences of the proposed changes or reforms) - innovation policy (smart specialization), creative industries support policy, competitiveness, productivity factors of enterprises, innovation of companies, tax system, social transfer system, pension system, health system and long-term care system, demographic trends, sustainability of public finances, human and social capital, education economics, health economics, cultural economics, environmental economics, regional and spatial development policies . The proposed research activities will contribute to the development of social activities: - The continuation of the scientific research work on the development and maintenance of modelling tools will enable the members of the research program to prepare expert bases for current and foreseen measures or reforms in the fields of labour market, education, taxes, social contributions, social transfers, pensions, health care and long-term care. - With the cooperation within the framework of the international program SHARE, we are creating an infrastructure, that is, a database that enables researchers to explore the aging process of the population free of charge, and thereby enable policy makers with data and analyses supported planning of relevant policies and reforms. - Sophisticated modelling of the financial sector will provide a more precise understanding of shock propagations in the Slovenian economy. The inclusion of a financial accelerator should also enable a better tracking of the Slovenian economy, particularly regarding investment, during the financial crisis. - Basic research of the impact of wage policy and social policies on the individuals’ labour-market-related decisions will be used in applicative research that will enable and ease policy makers’ decision making regarding the development of these policies. - The developed microsimulation model will present an upgrade to the existing models, which can be used for the ex-ante analysis of proposed reforms by the ministries. - Lessons from the study of the relationship of long-term care and health care will present the basis for future government measures in this field. - The findings of the proposed research programme in the field of sustainable development will significantly add to our understanding of sources of imbalances and obstacles for reaching higher quality of life and sustainable development of the society.
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