Three Essential Questions: Interviews with leading researchers and policymakers
What are the proven means to reduce informality?
09 February 2023
In our series of interviews with leading researchers, economists and policymakers, we interviewed Professor Ioana Alexandra Horodnic, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" University of Iași, Romania on how informality (including “envelope wages”) affects workers and society, and what measures work best in reducing it.
How did minimum wage impact North Macedonia’s labour market?
08 December 2022
In our series of interviews with leading researchers, economists and policy-makers, we interviewed Maja Gerovska Mitev, Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, North Macedonia. She explains why the government decided to introduce minimum wage, what the impact was and also talks about the concerns social partners expressed related to its introduction.
What is the impact of the war against Ukraine on the labour market?
19 September 2022
In the interview series "Three essential questions" with leading researchers and policy makers from Central and Eastern Europe, the ILO interviewed Lidiia Tkachenko, Senior Researcher of Ptukha Institute of Demography and Social Research of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
How does the war against Ukraine impact employment and migration?
28 July 2022
In the interview series "3 essential questions" with leading researchers and policy makers from Central and Eastern Europe, the ILO interviewed Nataliia Slaviuk, Economist and Assistant Professor of National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. Nataliia shares her views about the consequences of the war against Ukraine on employment, income, and migration.
How nearshoring may create opportunities for the Western Balkan economies?
05 April 2022
In this issue of short interviews with important researchers and practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe on burning questions concerning labour and social policies, we talked to Zuzana Zavarska, Economist at the Vienna Institute for International Economic Studies. We asked her to explain how nearshoring may create economic opportunities for the Western Balkans.
Interview with Pola Schneemelcher, Project Manager at Institute for Macrofinance, Berlin, Germany
25 February 2022
We interviewed Pola Schneemelcher, Project Manager in the area of labor market and fiscal policy at the think tank Dezernat Zukunft – Institute for Macrofinance. She shared her insights on how youth labour markets in the European Union were impacted by the pandemic, what measures she has seen and whether governments can afford these measures or not. The Dezernat Zukunft is a non-partisan think tank aiming at rethinking and explaining monetary, financial, and economic policy in a comprehensible way.
Interview with Florian Bieber, Director, Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz
30 November 2021
In the fifth issue of short interviews with important researchers and practitioners from Central and Eastern Europe on burning questions concerning labour and social policies, we talked to Florian Bieber, Professor and Director of the Centre for Southeast European Studies, University of Graz and Coordinator of the Balkans in Europe Policy Advisory Group (BiEPAG). We asked him how to make the EU accession of Western Balkans faster and more inclusive.