The Institute of Public Finance, founded in 1970, is a public, non-profit, academic institution. Today it is primarily conducting applied and theoretical research in the field of public sector economics, but also dealing with broader set of economic topics such as economic growth and development, the role of institutions, the transition to the market economy and EU integration. The empirical analysis is preferably related, but not limited, to the experience of countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Southeast Europe.
Under the general aegis of public sector economics, topics such as transparency, accountability and participation within the public sector, the tax system, costs of taxation, progressiveness of taxation, fiscal federalism, the pensions and welfare systems, public debt, the unofficial economy, state aid, foreign direct investment, the financing of science and higher education, and the relations between the executive branch and the legislature in the budgetary process are subjected to on-going investigation.
The Institute has a vibrant publishing activity focused on taxes, customs duties and practices, manuals and other publications relevant for public sector economics.
The Occasional Paper Series contain translations in English of selected articles published in Financijska teorija i praksa
As since 2007 Financial Theory and Practice has been published in English, the Occasional Paper Series ceased to exist.
Selected articles published in Financial Theory and Practice in English translated into Croatian.
The Institute of Public Finance publishes a Newsletter in which from time to time it informs both the academic community and the general audience about its relevant researches. The goal is to distribute preliminary results of the Institute’s research projects but also to promote independent analysis of economic topics for the public to have a better insight into various topics important in public sector economics. The Newsletter is published both in English and in Croatian.
Through its press releases, the Institute of Public Finance distributes its analyses and comments of topical changes in public sector economics. The press releases are primarily intended for the media, but also for all those interested in public finance. Press releases are published both in English and in Croatian.
Fiscus is an analytical serial publication of the Institute of Public Finance. It aims at analyzing current economic issues that affect the stability of public finances or are related to the production of goods and the provision of services of broader public interest. The topics concerned have not received adequate attention in the academic and professional community and relate to economic sectors in which the public interest is concerned, directly or indirectly. On scientific and professional foundations, Fiscus seeks to empower and encourage public debate on the establishment and preservation of the stability of Croatian public finances and the economy in general by promoting transparent, prudent and responsible management. Therefore, the topics focus on the identification and quantification of potential risks that could threaten the stability of public finance, market development, the competitiveness of the Croatian economy and the economic position of the citizens.
Apart from paying tribute to the memory of Professor Marijan Hanžeković, a long-term member of the Institute of Public Finance, the objective of the Foundation is to promote the financial sciences and to encourage scholars and experts, especially the young, to be engaged with this discipline.
Each year the Foundation organizes competition for best articles in two categories – regular and student – and gives awards to the winners. Details about the Foundation and the competition are available here
The Ministry of Science, Education and Sport is in charge, among other duties, of administrative and other activities relating to science: the development of scientific research activities and scientific and technical information and communications; development of scientific research; development of science and application of scientific achievements in certain areas, harmonization of the financing program of constant research activity and contractual projects for the purpose or realization of the national scientific research program and scientific programs of special interest; planning, harmonization and implementation of IT development and its interconnection into an integral IT system of the Republic of Croatia; monitoring, recording and realization of scientific, technical and technological cooperation with foreign countries and international organizations pursuant to international agreements; sending Croatian experts abroad and participation of foreign experts in research in the Republic of Croatia, cooperation with Croatian experts abroad; activities regarding scholarships, specialist training and practical training of Croatian and foreign experts pursuant to international, national, business and other agreements.