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Thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the start of the transition to capitalism, economies in Southeastern Europe (SEE) still display elements of crony capitalism, characterized by weak rule of law, corruption, patronage, and strong links between big business and political elites. Governments in the region enacted pro-business, not pro-market policies, while social safety nets and protective labor codes were downgraded. What are possible solutions to the current situation?

Join the Stigler Center for a discussion with former Finance Minister of North Macedonia Dragan Tevdovski on how to build a capitalism that works for all in Southeastern Europe – a region of vast geopolitical importance.

Dragan Tevdovski is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics, University Ss. Cyril and Methodius (Skopje, North Macedonia), where he teaches quantitative methods for finance and statistics for business and economics. He served as Finance Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia from 2017 to 2019. During his term, the Ministry implemented several systematic reforms, and the public finance system stabilized. He is the author of two university textbooks: Statistics for Business and Economics and Introduction to Time Series Analysis. His research focuses on macroeconomic policies and financial markets in SEE countries. In 2016, he won the award for “Best Scientist” at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in social sciences.

11:45 a.m. Registration 

12:00 p.m. Discussion and Q&A

1:00 p.m. Adjournment

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The event will take place in Harper Center Room C05.