Sebastian Leitner

Economist

e-Mail: leitner@wiiw.ac.at
Phone: (+43-1) 533 66 10-46

Sebastian Leitner is Staff Economist at wiiw, where he is country expert for the Baltic states (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania). His research focuses on income distribution and inequality and on labour market issues. He has been working among others on projects for DG Enterprise (on skill problems in Europe) and DG Employment (on long-term structural employment developments in Europe) and is currently working with EU-SILC micro data in various projects on income developments in the EU and SEE. He studied economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.

External Publications

Articles in refereed journals
  • 'Economic Inequality in Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Mario Holzner), Intervention: European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2008, pp. 155-88
Articles in books
  • 'Economic Inequality in Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Mario Holzner), in: Branko Milanovic (eds), Globalization and Inequality, Chapter 8, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012, pp. 138-171
  • 'Growth Resurgence, Productivity Catching-Up and Labour Demand in CEECs' (with Peter Havlik and Robert Stehrer), in: Matilde Mas and Robert Stehrer (eds), Industrial Productivity in Europe: Growth and Crisis, Chapter 8, Edward Elgar, 2012, pp. 219-263
Articles in non-refereed journals
  • 'Wirtschaftsentwicklung divergiert in den kommenden Jahren auch in Mitteleuropa, Ost- und Südosteuropa zwischen Norden und Süden' (with Vasily Astrov, Doris Hanzl-Weiss and Mario Holzner), WIFO Monatsbericht, Vol. 85, No. 5, 2012, pp. 351-359
  • 'Stabilisierung des verhaltenen Aufschwungs in den MOEL' (with Vasily Astrov and Mario Holzner), WIFO Monatsbericht, Vol. 84, No. 5, 2011, pp. 361-373
  • 'Lithuania: Demand from Russia boosts growth', Bank Austria Creditanstalt CEEC Report, No. 4, 2002, pp. 49
  • 'Latvia: Domestic demand supports economic growth', Bank Austria Creditanstalt CEEC Report, No. 4, 2002, pp. 48
  • 'Estonia: Growth despite declining exports', Bank Austria Creditanstalt CEEC Report, No. 4, 2002, pp. 47
Other working papers and discussion series
  • 'Subgroup and Shapely value decompositions of multidimensional inequality: An application to South East European countries' (with Robert Stehrer), GDN-working paper, Vienna, 2011
  • 'Austria 2020: The Impact of Medium-Term Global Trends on the Austrian Economy' (with Edward Christie, Joseph F. Francois, Mario Holzner and Olga Pindyuk), FIW Research Reports 2009/2010, No. 4, Vienna, 2009
  • 'Trade Liberalisation and Labour Markets: Perspectives from OECD Economies' (with Michael Landesmann and Robert Stehrer), International Labour Office Employment Paper, No. 2002/41, Geneva, 2002

wiiw Publications

wiiw Forecast Reports
  • 'ESTONIA: Waiting for Scandinavian neighbours to revive', Investment to the Rescue, wiiw Forecast Report, No. Spring 2014, Vienna, March 2014, pp. 45-46 link
  • 'LITHUANIA: Euro area within reach', Investment to the Rescue, wiiw Forecast Report, No. Spring 2014, Vienna, March 2014, pp. 55-57 link
  • 'LATVIA: Consumers in excellent mood', Investment to the Rescue, wiiw Forecast Report, No. Spring 2014, Vienna, March 2014, pp. 51-54 link
  • 'Estonia: Consumption should avert a second dip', Animal Spirits still Dimmed: Slow Recovery Expected, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 12, Vienna, July 2013, pp. 75-77 link
  • 'Lithuania: Demand-side policies affect balanced growth', Animal Spirits still Dimmed: Slow Recovery Expected, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 12, Vienna, July 2013, pp. 87-89 link
  • 'Latvia: Between Scylla and Eurybdis, ready for taking a dive', Animal Spirits still Dimmed: Slow Recovery Expected, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 12, Vienna, July 2013, pp. 83-85 link
  • 'Lithuania: Economy continues to recover', Double-dip Recession over, yet no Boom in Sight, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 11, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 79-82 link
  • 'Latvia: Is this the path towards cohesion?', Double-dip Recession over, yet no Boom in Sight, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 11, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 77-78 link
  • 'Estonia: Nordic anaemia strains growth prospects', Double-dip Recession over, yet no Boom in Sight, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 11, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 69-70 link
  • 'Estonia: Domestic demand reinforces growth', Fasting or Feasting? Europe - Old and New - at the Crossroads, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 10, Vienna, July 2012, pp. 63-65 link
  • 'Lithuania: Above-average growth', Fasting or Feasting? Europe - Old and New - at the Crossroads, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 10, Vienna, July 2012, pp. 75-76 link
  • 'Latvia: Eurozone within reach', Fasting or Feasting? Europe - Old and New - at the Crossroads, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 10, Vienna, July 2012, pp. 71-74 link
  • 'Special topic: Labour market developments in the CESEE region during and after the crisis' (with Hermine Vidovic), New Divide(s) in Europe?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 9, Vienna, March 2012, pp. 48-53
  • 'Estonia: Weakness of external demand will drag down strong recovery', New Divide(s) in Europe?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 9, Vienna, March 2012 link
  • 'Latvia: Aiming for euozone accession', New Divide(s) in Europe?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 9, Vienna, March 2012 link
  • 'Lithuania: Exports trigger cyclical downturn', New Divide(s) in Europe?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 9, Vienna, March 2012 link
  • 'Baltic States: Recovering again on the fast lane', Recovery: Limp and Battered, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 8, Vienna, July 2011, pp. 59-66 link
  • 'Estonia: Recovering again on the fast lane', Recovery: Limp and Battered, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 8, Vienna, July 2011 link
  • 'Latvia: Out of the crisis - into the euro?', Recovery: Limp and Battered, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 8, Vienna, July 2011 link
  • 'Lithuania: Reviving investments drive recovery', Recovery: Limp and Battered, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 8, Vienna, July 2011 link
  • 'Baltic States: Exports trigger broader based economic upswing', Recovery - in Low Gear across Tough Terrain, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 7, Vienna, March 2011, pp. 56-62 link
  • 'Baltic States: Everything for the euro?', Will Exports Prevail over Austerity?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 6, Vienna, July 2010, pp. 91-98 link
  • 'Baltic States: Depression almost over, yet still no growth', Crisis Is Over, but Problems Loom Ahead, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 5, Vienna, February 2010 link
  • 'Baltic States: squashed hopes in the realm of depression', in: Vladimir Gligorov, Josef Pöschl and Sandor Richter (eds), Where Have All the Shooting Stars Gone?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 4, Vienna, July 2009, pp. 59-58 link
  • 'Baltic States: an imbalanced growth model in tatters', in: Vladimir Gligorov, Gabor Hunya and Josef Pöschl (eds), Differentiated Impact of the Global Crisis, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 3, Vienna, February 2009, pp. 50-56 link
  • 'Baltic States: sharp slowdown in Estonia and Latvia, while Lithuania remains on high growth track', in: Leon Podkaminer and Josef Pöschl (eds), The Big Boom Is Over, but Growth Remains Strong and Inflation Calms Down, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 2, Vienna, July 2008, pp. 69-75 link
  • 'Baltic States: entering a chill-out phase', in: Peter Havlik and Mario Holzner (eds), Weathering the Global Storm, yet Rising Costs and Labour Shortages May Dampen Domestic Growth, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 1, Vienna, February 2008, pp. 49-54 link
wiiw Monthly Reports
  • 'Latvia: consumers keep the wheel turning', Monthly Report No. 7-8/2014, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 7-8, Vienna, July 2014, p. 8
  • 'Lithuania: investing in growth', Monthly Report No. 7-8/2014, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 7-8, Vienna, July 2014, p. 9
  • 'Estonia: ongoing stagnation', Monthly Report No. 7-8/2014, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 7-8, Vienna, July 2014, p. 6
  • 'Estonia: consumers keep growth alive', Monthly Report No. 10/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2013, pp. 10-11
  • 'Latvia: households push up domestic activity', Monthly Report No. 10/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2013, pp. 16-18
  • 'Lithuania: aiming for euro adoption in 2015', Monthly Report No. 10/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2013, pp. 19-20
  • 'Lithuania: consumers sustain vivid growth', Monthly Report No. 10/2012, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2012, pp. 16-18
  • 'Estonia: domestic demand mitigates slowdown', Monthly Report No. 10/2012, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2012, pp. 7-9
  • 'Latvia: growth remains in high gear', Monthly Report No. 10/2012, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2012, pp. 13-15
  • 'Baltic States: export and investment-driven revival to abate', Monthly Report No. 10/2011, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2011, pp. 23-29
  • 'Baltics: exports and restocking drive growth revival', Monthly Report No. 10/2010, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2010, pp. 24-30
  • 'Baltics: in the midst of depression', Monthly Report No. 10/2009, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 10, Vienna, October 2009, pp. 24-29
  • 'Crisis management in selected countries of Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Vasily Astrov, Gabor Hunya, Zdenek Lukas, Anton Mihailov and Sandor Richter), Monthly Report No. 6/2009, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 6, Vienna, June 2009, pp. 1-10
  • 'Baltic states: perils of a boom-bust scenario', Monthly Report No. 4/2007, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 4, Vienna, April 2007, pp. 1-8
  • 'Estonia: fast growth, on track to the euro', Monthly Report No. 10/2004, wiiw Monthly Report, Vienna, pp. 18-20
  • 'Latvia: highest EU-wide growth, deteriorating current account balance', Monthly Report No. 10/2004, wiiw Monthly Report, Vienna, pp. 21-23
  • 'Lithuania: loans fuel boom without inflation', Monthly Report No. 10/2004, wiiw Monthly Report, Vienna, pp. 24-26
wiiw Research Reports
  • 'Sectoral Employment Effects of Economic Downturns' (with Neil Foster-McGregor, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Sandra M. Leitner, Nirina Rabemiafara, Fadila Sanoussi, Robert Stehrer and Terry Ward), wiiw Research Report, No. 379, Vienna, August 2012 link
  • 'Western Balkans: Employment in the Gas and Electricity Sectors ' (with Vasily Astrov, Edward Christie, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Mario Holzner, Waltraut Urban and Hermine Vidovic), wiiw Research Report, No. 370, Vienna, March 2011 link
  • 'Skills and Industrial Competitiveness' (with Michael Landesmann, Robert Stehrer and Terry Ward), wiiw Research Report, No. 356, Vienna, August 2009 link
  • 'Inequality in Croatia in Comparison' (with Mario Holzner), wiiw Research Report, No. 355, Vienna, June 2009 link
  • 'Migration and Commuting Propensity in the New EU Member States ' (with Anna Iara, Michael Landesmann, Leon Podkaminer, Roman Römisch and Hermine Vidovic), wiiw Research Report, No. 351, Vienna, December 2008 link
  • 'Lithuania: strong growth with modest inflationary pressures', in: Vladimir Gligorov, Peter Havlik and Leon Podkaminer (eds), Accelerating GDP Growth, Improved Prospects for European Integration, wiiw Research Report, No. 314, Vienna, March 2005, pp. 50-53 link
wiiw Working Papers
  • 'Subgroup and Shapley Value Decompositions of Multidimensional Inequality – An Application to Southeast European Countries' (with Robert Stehrer), wiiw Working Paper, No. 74, Vienna, March 2011 link
  • 'Trade Liberalization and Labour Markets: Perspective from OECD Economies' (with Michael Landesmann and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Working Paper, No. 20, Vienna, October 2001 link
wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers
  • 'Analysis of Short and Medium Term Crisis Effects on Welfare and Poverty in SEE: Stress Testing Bulgarian and Romanian Households', wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Paper, No. 111, Vienna, June 2013 link
  • 'Subgroup and Shapely Value Decompositions of Multidimensional Inequality: An Application to South East European Countries' (with Robert Stehrer), wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Paper, No. 96, Vienna, March 2011 link
  • 'Determinants of Inequality in Selected SEE Countries: Results from Shapley Value Decompositions' (with Robert Stehrer), wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Paper, No. 84, Vienna, November 2009 link
  • 'Economic Inequality in Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Mario Holzner), wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Paper, No. 74, Vienna, February 2008 link
wiiw Research Papers in German Language
  • 'Wirtschaftsentwicklung divergiert in den kommenden Jahren auch in Mitteleuropa, Ost- und Südosteuropa zwischen Norden und Süden ' (with Vasily Astrov, Doris Hanzl-Weiss and Mario Holzner), wiiw Research Paper in German language, No. 2012-06, Vienna, June 2012 link
  • 'Stabilisierung des verhaltenen Aufschwungs in den MOEL' (with Vasily Astrov and Mario Holzner), wiiw Research Paper in German language, No. 2011-06, Vienna, June 2011 link
Other wiiw publications
  • 'Arbeitskosten, Steuerbelastung und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit in Österreich im Vergleich mit ausgewählten CEEs' (with Peter Havlik and Roman Römisch), wiiw Statistical Report, No. 4, Vienna, April 2011 link
  • 'Growth Resurgence, Productivity Catching-up and Labour Demand in CEECs' (with Peter Havlik and Robert Stehrer), wiiw Statistical Report, No. 3, Vienna, January 2008 link

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