Mario Holzner

Deputy Director

e-Mail: holzner@wiiw.ac.at
Phone: (+43-1) 533 66 10-28

Mario Holzner is Deputy Director and Staff Economist at wiiw and country expert for Albania and Kosovo. He is also a lecturer in applied econometrics at the University of Vienna, Department of Economics. His research focuses on income distribution and inequality, foreign trade, macroeconomic analysis and financial markets. He is coordinating a major research network within the Global Development Network Southeast Europe and maintains the Balkan Observatory website. He obtained his PhD at the Vienna University of Economics and Business in 2005.

External Publications

Articles in refereed journals
  • 'Effects of Serbian Accession to the European Union' (with Valentina Ivanić), Panoeconomicus, Vol. 59, No. 3, 2012, pp. 355-367
    http://www.panoeconomicus.rs/casopis/2012_3/07 Mario Holzner.pdf link
  • 'The impact of customs procedures on business performance: evidence from Kosovo' (with Florin Peci), World Customs Journal, Vol. 6, No. 1, 2012, pp. 17-30
    http://www.worldcustomsjournal.org/media/wcj/-2012/1/Holzner_Peci.pdf link
  • 'Tourism and economic development: The beach disease?', Tourism Management, Vol. 32, No. 4, 2011, pp. 922-933
  • 'Determinants of Kosovo Trade: A Gravity Model Approach' (with E. Kutllovci and F. Peci), South East European Journal of Economics and Business, Vol. 5, No.2, 2010, pp. 33-41
  • 'Economic Inequality in Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Sebastian Leitner), Intervention: European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, Vol. 5, No. 1, 2008, pp. 155-88
  • 'GSIM Measurement of the Effects of the EU accession of the Balkans and Turkey on Agricultural Trade', The South East European Journal of Economics and Business, Vol.3, No.1, 2008, pp. 7-14
  • 'Book Review of 'The Successes and Failures of Economic Transition. The European Experience' by Gabrisch, H., Hölscher, J.', Intervention: European Journal of Economics and Economic Policies, Vol.4, No.2, 2007, pp. 377-378
Books (Monographs and editorship)
  • Strategy for Export Improvement of the AP Vojvodina 2011-2015 (with Luka Aleksic, Predrag Bjelic, Anze Burger, Vladimir Gligorov, Ribar Gyula, Valentina Ivanić, Tatjana Karaulac, Miladin Kovacevic, Aljaz Kuncic, Blagoje Paunovic, Matija Rojec, Dusan Scepanovic and Maja Sokic), Vojvodina CESS, Novisad, 2011
Articles in books
  • 'Economic Inequality in Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Sebastian Leitner), in: Branko Milanovic (eds), Globalization and Inequality, Chapter 8, Edward Elgar Publishing, 2012, pp. 138-171
  • 'Russia, Ukraine and Belarus: Effects of WTO Accession in the Medium and Long Run' (with Vasily Astrov, Olga Pindyuk and Julia Wörz), in: Ruslan Grinberg, Peter Havlik and Oleh Havrylyshyn (eds), Economic Restructuring and Integration in Eastern Europe. Experiences and Policy implications, Nomos, Baden-Baden, 2008, pp. 377-396
  • 'Prospects for further (South-)Eastern EU enlargement: from divergence to convergence?' (with Vladimir Gligorov and Michael Landesmann), in: Michael Landesmann and Dariusz Rosati (eds), Shaping the New Europe: Economic Policy Challenges of European Union Enlargement, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004, pp. 315-345
  • 'Südosteuropäische Länder (SOEL)', in: Wilfried Altzinger (eds), Austrian Foreign Trade Yearbook 2003/04, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour, Vienna, 2004, pp. 30-32
  • 'Südosteuropäische Länder (SOEL)', in: Christian Bellak (eds), Austrian Foreign Trade Yearbook 2002/03, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour, Vienna, 2003, pp. 26-27
Articles in non-refereed journals
  • 'Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa von der EU-Krise voll erfasst' (with Vasily Astrov), WIFO Monatsberichte, Vol. 86, No. 5, 2013, pp. 415-423
  • 'Wirtschaftsentwicklung divergiert in den kommenden Jahren auch in Mitteleuropa, Ost- und Südosteuropa zwischen Norden und Süden' (with Vasily Astrov, Doris Hanzl-Weiss and Sebastian Leitner), WIFO Monatsbericht, Vol. 85, No. 5, 2012, pp. 351-359
  • 'Stabilisierung des verhaltenen Aufschwungs in den MOEL' (with Vasily Astrov and Sebastian Leitner), WIFO Monatsbericht, Vol. 84, No. 5, 2011, pp. 361-373
  • 'Infrastructural needs and economic development in south-eastern Europe: the case of rail and road transport infrastructure' (with Edward Christie and Vladimir Gligorov), SEER - South-East Europe Review for Labour and Social Affairs, No. 01/2006, 2006, pp. 15-50
Shorter papers and comments
  • 'Raising capital taxes and investing in social protection and education may reduce income polarisation in Europe', LSE EUROPP, London, July 2nd, 2013
    http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2013/07/02/income-polarisation-europe/ link
  • 'Freihandelsabkommen funktionieren', Aussenwirtschaft, Deutscher Sparkassen Verlag, Sonderheft EU-Beitritt, 2006, pp. 32-34
Other working papers and discussion series
  • 'Inequality, growth and public spending in Central, East and Southeast Europe', ECINEQ Working Paper Series, No. 221, 2011
    http://www.ecineq.org/milano/WP/ECINEQ2011-221.pdf link
  • 'Modelling the Effects of Trade Policy and the Transmission Mechanisms of the Economic Crisis on the Austrian Economy' (with Joseph F. Francois and Olga Pindyuk), FIW Research Reports 2010/2011, No. 6, Vienna, 2011
  • 'Austria 2020: The Impact of Medium-Term Global Trends on the Austrian Economy' (with Edward Christie, Joseph F. Francois, Sebastian Leitner and Olga Pindyuk), FIW Research Reports 2009/2010, No. 4, Vienna, 2009
  • 'Russia, Ukraine and Belarus: Effects of WTO Accession in the Medium and Long Run' (with Vasily Astrov, Olga Pindyuk and Julia Wörz), The Industrial Restructuring in the NMS: Experience and Lessons for NIS, May 2007
  • 'The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Restructuring of the Metal Processing Industry in Bosnia and Herzegovina' (with Gabor Hunya, G. Nedic and Waltraut Urban), OECD Investment Compact for South East Europe, May 2007
  • 'Infrastructural Needs & Economic Development in Southeastern Europe - The Case of Rail and Road Transport Infrastructure' (with Edward Christie and Vladimir Gligorov), IBEU Working Paper, No. 4.3, November 2004
  • 'Illegal Trade in South East Europe' (with Vladimir Gligorov), IBEU Working Paper, No. 3.5, November 2004

wiiw Publications

wiiw Forecast Reports
  • 'KOSOVO: Road to the New Kosovo', Investment to the Rescue, wiiw Forecast Report, No. Spring 2014, Vienna, March 2014, pp. 95-96 link
  • 'ALBANIA: INSTAT replay', Investment to the Rescue, wiiw Forecast Report, No. Spring 2014, Vienna, March 2014, pp. 89-90 link
  • 'Albania: Deleveraging and improved business confidence – unity and conflict of opposites ', Animal Spirits still Dimmed: Slow Recovery Expected, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 12, Vienna, July 2013, pp. 119-120 link
  • 'Kosovo: Cooperation for integration', Animal Spirits still Dimmed: Slow Recovery Expected, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 12, Vienna, July 2013, pp. 125-126 link
  • 'Special Section II: Croatian EU accession and regional trade patterns', Animal Spirits still Dimmed: Slow Recovery Expected, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 12, Vienna, July 2013, pp. 56-63
  • 'Albania: Corruption of power plus electrification of the whole country', Double-dip Recession over, yet no Boom in Sight, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 11, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 111-114 link
  • 'Special Section II: Deleveraging in the CESEE countries: where has all the liquidity gone?' (with Olga Pindyuk), Double-dip Recession over, yet no Boom in Sight, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 11, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 32-45
  • 'Kosovo: Corruption holds no passport', Double-dip Recession over, yet no Boom in Sight, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 11, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 121-123 link
  • 'Albania: High heels sans Achilles', Fasting or Feasting? Europe - Old and New - at the Crossroads, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 10, Vienna, July 2012, pp. 106-108 link
  • 'Special topic: The European banking crisis and spillover effects in the countries of CESEE' (with Olga Pindyuk), New Divide(s) in Europe?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 9, Vienna, March 2012, pp. 54-61
  • 'Albania: Arcane setback in growth', New Divide(s) in Europe?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 9, Vienna, March 2012, pp. 101-103 link
  • 'Albania: Adolescent development', Recovery: Limp and Battered, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 8, Vienna, July 2011, pp. 101-103 link
  • 'Special topic: Debt dynamics, flow of funds and deleveraging: a CEE–GIPS comparison' (with Vladimir Gligorov, Michael Landesmann and Roman Römisch), Recovery: Limp and Battered, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 8, Vienna, July 2011, pp. 30-49
  • 'Albania: Something is rotten', Recovery - in Low Gear across Tough Terrain, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 7, Vienna, March 2011, pp. 88-90 link
  • 'Albania: Rainfall export growth', Will Exports Prevail over Austerity?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 6, Vienna, July 2010, pp. 110-112 link
  • 'Will exports prevail over austerity?' (with Vasily Astrov), Will Exports Prevail over Austerity?, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 6, Vienna, July 2010, pp. 23-62
  • 'Albania: Part of a Greek tragedy?', Crisis Is Over, but Problems Loom Ahead, wiiw Current Analyses and Forecasts, No. 5, Vienna, February 2010 link
  • 'Albania: you too my son?', 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. 88-90 link
  • 'Albania: the one-eyed king', 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. 71-73 link
  • 'Albania: on the verge of the inflation target', 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. 91-93 link
  • 'The countries of Southeast Europe: Home grown growth continues, despite international and national(ist) risks', 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. 55-66
  • 'Albania: resource blessing', 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. 67-68 link
wiiw Monthly Reports
  • 'State aid and export competitiveness in the EU – first results' (with Roman Stöllinger), Monthly Report No. 12/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 12, Vienna, December 2013, pp. 5-14
  • 'Albania: the remedy is worse than the disease?', Monthly Report No. 11/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 11, Vienna, November 2013, pp. 4-6
  • 'Kosovo: constant voting wears away the backwardness', Monthly Report No. 11/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 11, Vienna, November 2013, pp. 12-13
  • 'Japan, the United States and the euro area', Monthly Report No. 4/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 4, Vienna, April 2013, pp. 15-18
  • 'The determinants of income polarization at the household and country level across the EU', Monthly Report No. 3/2013, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 3, Vienna, March 2013, pp. 7-10
  • 'Albania: EU, ho! (conditionally)', Monthly Report No. 11/2012, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 11, Vienna, November 2012, pp. 4-6
  • 'The European banking crisis and spillover effects in the countries of CESEE revisited' (with Leath Al Obaidi), Monthly Report No. 7/2012, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 7, Vienna, July 2012, pp. 14-17
  • 'The impact of customs procedures on business performance: evidence from Kosovo' (with F. Peci), Monthly Report No. 1/2012, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 1, Vienna, January 2012, pp. 12-16
  • 'Albania: candidate? not yet', Monthly Report No. 11/2011, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 11, Vienna, November 2011, pp. 1-3
  • 'A note on social indicators for MENA and transition countries', Monthly Report No. 8-9/2011, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 8-9, Vienna, September 2011, pp. 6 7
  • 'Albania: agnostic growth forecast', Monthly Report No. 11/2010, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 11, Vienna, October 2010, pp. 1-2
  • 'Exchange market pressure contagion in CESEE', Monthly Report No. 8-9/2010, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 8-9, Vienna, September 2010, pp. 8-12
  • 'Albania: good quarters, bad quarters', Monthly Report No. 12/2009, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 12, Vienna, December 2009, pp. 1-3
  • 'Albania: the importance of being aside', Monthly Report No. 12/2008, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 12, Vienna, December 2008, pp. 1-3
  • 'Selected economic impacts of higher oil prices' (with Edward Christie and Gábor Pellényi), Monthly Report No. 4/2008, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 4, Vienna, April 2008, pp. 12-19
  • 'Albania: misty growth rates', Monthly Report No. 12/2007, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 12, Vienna, December 2007, pp. 1-3
  • 'Albania: 1 euro', Monthly Report No. 12/2006, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 12, Vienna, November 2006, pp. 3-5
  • 'Albania: new government, old shortages', Monthly Report No. 12/2005, wiiw Monthly Report, Vienna, pp. 4-5
  • 'Balkan Free Trade Agreements seem to work', Monthly Report No. 8-9/2005, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 8-9, Vienna, September 2005, pp. 13-18
  • 'Albania: integrating into the Balkans', Monthly Report No. 12/2004, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 12, Vienna, December 2004, pp. 4-5
  • 'Household tax compliance in Central, East and Southeast Europe' (with Edward Christie), Monthly Report 5/2004, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 5, Vienna, May 2004, pp. 7-13
  • 'The dark side of the Balkans (the shadow economy in Southeastern Europe)' (with Edward Christie), Monthly Report 08-09/2003, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 8-9, Vienna, September 2003, pp. 1-9
  • 'Kosovo: a protectorate's economy', Monthly Report 01/2003, wiiw Monthly Report, No. 1, Vienna, January 2003, pp. 9-18
wiiw Research Reports
  • 'A ‘Manufacturing Imperative’ in the EU – Europe's Position in Global Manufacturing and the Role of Industrial Policy' (with Neil Foster-McGregor, Michael Landesmann, Johannes Pöschl, Robert Stehrer and Roman Stöllinger), wiiw Research Report, No. 391, Vienna, October 2013 link
  • 'European Neighbourhood - Challenges and Opportunities for EU Competitiveness' (with Vasily Astrov, Peter Havlik, Gabor Hunya, Isilda Mara, Sandor Richter, Roman Stöllinger and Hermine Vidovic), wiiw Research Report, No. 382, Vienna, September 2012 link
  • 'Developing Efficient Activation Approaches and Identifying Elements for Regional Cooperation in the Western Balkans' (with Vladimir Gligorov, Renate Haupfleisch, Katja Korolkova, Monika Natter and Hermine Vidovic), wiiw Research Report, No. 374, Vienna, October 2011 link
  • 'Western Balkans: Employment in the Gas and Electricity Sectors ' (with Vasily Astrov, Edward Christie, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Sebastian Leitner, Waltraut Urban and Hermine Vidovic), wiiw Research Report, No. 370, Vienna, March 2011 link
  • 'Inequality in Croatia in Comparison' (with Sebastian Leitner), wiiw Research Report, No. 355, Vienna, June 2009 link
  • 'Economic and Trade Policy Impacts of Sustained High Oil Prices' (with Edward Christie), wiiw Research Report, No. 346, Vienna, April 2008 link
  • 'Albania: becoming a flat tax country', in: Vladimir Gligorov and Sandor Richter (eds), High Growth Continues, with Risks of Overheating on the Horizon, wiiw Research Report, No. 341, Vienna, July 2007, pp. 93-95 link
  • 'Albania: periodic evils', in: Vladimir Gligorov and Leon Podkaminer (eds), Private Consumption and Flourishing Exports Keep the Region on High Growth Track, wiiw Research Report, No. 335, Vienna, February 2007, pp. 85-87 link
  • 'Albania: SAA signed', in: Vladimir Gligorov and Leon Podkaminer (eds), Broader-based Growth Resilient to Global Uncertainties, wiiw Research Report, No. 328, Vienna, July 2006, pp. 79-81 link
  • 'Albania: power issues', in: Vladimir Gligorov and Leon Podkaminer (eds), Strong Growth, Driven by Exports in the NMS and by Consumption in the Future EU Members, wiiw Research Report, No. 325, Vienna, February 2006, pp. 63-65 link
  • 'Albania: key elections', in: Gabor Hunya and Leon Podkaminer (eds), Back from the Peak, Growth in Transition Countries Returns to Standard Rate of Catching-up, wiiw Research Report, No. 320, Vienna, July 2005, pp. 80-82 link
  • 'Household Tax Compliance in Albania' (with Edward Christie), wiiw Research Report, No. 316, Vienna, April 2005 link
  • 'Albania: SAA 2005? EU 2014?', 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. 91-93 link
  • 'Albania: conditional growth', in: Vladimir Gligorov, Josef Pöschl and Sandor Richter (eds), As East You Go, the More They Grow: Transition Economies in a New Setting, wiiw Research Report, No. 308, Vienna, July 2004, pp. 85-87 link
  • 'Bosnia and Herzegovina: the EU, 1 state, 1 republic & 1 federation', in: Vladimir Gligorov, Josef Pöschl and Sandor Richter (eds), As East You Go, the More They Grow: Transition Economies in a New Setting, wiiw Research Report, No. 308, Vienna, July 2004, pp. 83-85 link
  • 'Prospects for Further (South-) Eastern EU Enlargement: from Divergence to Convergence?' (with Vladimir Gligorov and Michael Landesmann), wiiw Research Report, No. 296, Vienna, June 2003 link
wiiw Working Papers
  • 'State Aid and Export Competitiveness in the EU' (with Roman Stöllinger), wiiw Working Paper, No. 106, Vienna, December 2013 link
  • 'The Determinants of Income Polarization on the Household and Country Level across the EU', wiiw Working Paper, No. 93, Vienna, September 2012 link
  • 'Measuring the Effects of Trade Liberalization in Kosovo' (with Florin Peci), wiiw Working Paper, No. 85, Vienna, June 2012 link
  • 'The Impact of Customs Procedures on Business Performance: Evidence from Kosovo' (with F. Peci), wiiw Working Paper, No. 76, Vienna, August 2011 link
  • 'Inequality, Growth and Public Spending in Central, East and Southeast Europe', wiiw Working Paper, No. 71, Vienna, October 2010 link
  • 'Tourism and Economic Development: the Beach Disease?', wiiw Working Paper, No. 66, Vienna, June 2010 link
  • 'What Explains Tax Evasion? An Empirical Assessment based on European Data' (with Edward Christie), wiiw Working Paper, No. 40, Vienna, June 2006 link
wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Papers
  • 'Inequality and the Crisis: A Causal Inference Analysis', wiiw Balkan Observatory Working Paper, No. 110, Vienna, May 2013 link
wiiw Policy Notes and Reports
  • 'Impact of Croatian EU Accession on Regional Trade Patterns', wiiw Policy Note/Policy Report, No. 10, Vienna, June 2013 link
  • 'The European Rim Countries - Challenges and Opportunities for EU Competitiveness' (with Vasily Astrov, Peter Havlik, Gabor Hunya, Isilda Mara, Sandor Richter, Roman Stöllinger and Hermine Vidovic), wiiw Policy Note/Policy Report, No. 9, Vienna, October 2012 link
wiiw Research Papers in German Language
  • 'Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropa von der EU-Krise voll erfasst' (with Vasily Astrov), wiiw Research Papers in German language, No. 2013-06, Vienna, June 2013 link
  • 'Wirtschaftsentwicklung divergiert in den kommenden Jahren auch in Mitteleuropa, Ost- und Südosteuropa zwischen Norden und Süden ' (with Vasily Astrov, Doris Hanzl-Weiss and Sebastian Leitner), wiiw Research Papers in German language, No. 2012-06, Vienna, June 2012 link
  • 'Stabilisierung des verhaltenen Aufschwungs in den MOEL' (with Vasily Astrov and Sebastian Leitner), wiiw Research Papers in German language, No. 2011-06, Vienna, June 2011 link

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