Economics, Public policy

In co-operation with the World Bank Institute

Course date

9 July - 27 July, 2001
Application deadline
15 February, 2001
Course Director(s): 

Robert D. Ebel

Economic Development Institute (EDI) World Bank, Washington, DC., USA

Jozsef Hegedus

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Adrian Ionescu

Joint Integrated Local Development Programme, UNDP, Moldova
Guest Speaker(s): 

Gabor Balas

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Karoly Jokay

Department of Public Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Robert Kovacs

Metropolitan Research Institute, Budapest, Hungary

Nicolas Levrat

Graduate Institute of European Studies, Geneva University, Switzerland

Katherine Mark

Urban Institute, Washington D.C., United States of America

Alexei Novikov

Standard and Poor's, Moscow, Russian Federation

Katalin Pallai

Independent Consultant, Budapest, Hungary
Course objectives
The objectives of the course are to
(i) provide participants with the analytical framework for understanding intergovernmental fiscal economics and various modules of the central-subnational (e.g., local) relationship,
(ii) enhance participants’ capacity for successful implementation of public sector resource management reform by analysing mechanisms for the transfer of resources among governments and identifying ways to address the issue of regional disparities and local resource mobilisation,
(iii) and increase participants` understanding in the issues of fast restructuring public economy in countries of transition,
(iv) enhance the participants’ capacity to understand and use the practical simulation methods on public finance issues (transfers, local taxes).
Course level, target audience
The course has been designed for the practitioners, researchers/academics and trainers in the area of public finance related to local government issues and intergovernmental fiscal relations. Applicants are expected to have a basic knowledge of computer and software usage, e.g. Ms Excel. During the course one day will be dedicated to simple simulations using Ms Excel.