Sunday, January 25, 2009

Grim Outlook for CEE from Lombard Street Research

In its daily note of January 16, Lombard Street Reseach writes via its analyst Maya Bhandari:

"The unwinding Eurasian savings glut will dominate 2009 economic outcomes. Emerging Europe faces the heaviest adjustment. The CEE-4 are amongst the biggest "borrow and spend" economies in Europe, with large external financing needs. But they also share the Asian Tigers' dependence on foreign demand for domestic growth, with two nasty twists – many banking systems are directly tied to the global crunch, and scope for policy action, both monetary and fiscal, is restricted."

Friday, January 16, 2009

TREND Watch Monthly on Slovakia's Economy

Is available at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' website (in English). Soon with the December issue. Note: Author of this blog is also the author and project manager of the above-mentioned product.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Hagara the New Chief Analyst of ING Slovakia

Since January 1, the new chief analyst of ING Slovakia is Eduard Hagara, aged 29. Hagara, born in Kežmarok, replaced Ján Tóth, the chairman of the Club of Economic Analysts, after almost ten years in this position. In 2003, Hagara co-authored a paper (in Slovak) on the similarity of demand and supply shocks in European countries with Jarko Fidrmuc. The study was published in Politická ekonomie in 2004. He obtained a degree in economic and financial mathematics from Comenius University in Bratislava, and worked for ING for almost five years. He is a four-time Slovak chess champion. E. Hagara this way joined the ranks of young economists in senior analyst positions in Slovakia, following Vladimír Vaňo (30), who became the chief analyst of Volksbank Slovakia in fall 2007.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Lipták on Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

An essay of one of our contributors, František Lipták, with which the author participated in the International Year of Planet Earth in Paris. The essay was presented at the National and Regional Economics conference in Herľany, Slovakia, held on October 1-3, 2008.
"In our paper, we analyze issues concerning sustainability of natural resource consumption involving contemporary problems emerging from their increasing scarcity. After brief historical outline, we discuss issue of natural resource use according to various policy approaches dealing with tax policy, externalities, institutions and technological progress."