Inequality and fiscal policy in transition countries

Client/Funding Institution

Oesterreichische Nationalbank/Austrian Ministry of Finance


The main objective of the project is to establish economic research capacities throughout Southeast Europe (SEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), to promote knowledge transfer into the regions, to facilitate networking between researchers and to assist in securing knowledge transfer from researchers to policy makers. Activities to achieve this include research calls, mentoring, workshops, conferences and policy dialogues. The project is structured into bi-annual research cycles focusing on a specific research theme of particular importance. During this phase, research dealt with inequality and fiscal policy in transition countries of Southeast Europe (SEE) and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Research aimed to analyse issues of income and other distributions (e.g., wealth, wage, skills, opportunities) in transition countries with special interest in the role of market liberalisation and fiscal redistribution. The project is part of the Global Development Network (GDN), a multilateral organisation founded by the World Bank in which wiiw acts as a hub for SEE.


January 2009 - December 2010

wiiw team Leader

Vladimir Gligorov

wiiw Staff

Mario Holzner, Veronika Janyrova, Michael Landesmann, Sebastian Leitner, Robert Stehrer

Keywords: Southeast Europe, SEE, Commonwealth of Independent States, CIS, transition countries, income distribution, wealth, wages, skills, market liberalization, fiscal redistribution

Countries covered: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Balkan States, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Central, East and Southeast Europe, CESEE, CIS, Croatia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyz Republic, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Russia, Russian Federation, SEE, Serbia, Serbia and Montenegro, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Yugoslavia

Research Areas: Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy, Labour, Migration and Income Distribution