Predrag Bejakovic


Predrag Bejakovic took his doctorate at the Economics Faculty in Zagreb, and now works full time as a member of permanent staff in the Institute of Public Finance, Zagreb. He has more than 30 years of professional experience, particularly in various evaluations related to the active labour market programmes, analysis of the labour market situation and trends, social security programmes and similar. He publishes in scientific and professional journals and he is author and co-author of a number of books from the areas of the economy, pension system, education (particularly VET and adult education), policy planning, public finance and labour economics. He was a member of the working group responsible for the Strategy of Education, Science and Technology. He was a team leader or leading experts in various national and international projects like: The study on cost and benefits of vocational rehabilitation for persons with disabilities in Croatia, Analysis of real implementation of Labour law in Republic of Croatia, Institutional Determination of Salaries in Croatia, The parity fund in improving the social dialogue in the building sector, Evaluation of active labour market policy and others. He has worked many times with the European Commission, where for example, he was a team leader of Progress project in Croatia, team leader of Marie Curie project on informal economy for Croatia and he is correspondent for 8 years for Eurofound. He also was a team leader of evaluations of the active labour market programmes in Croatia as well as evaluation of use of sources from the European Social fund in Croatia. He received a yearly prize for contribution in social science by the Republic of Croatia in 2009. His main fields of interests are labour economics, health economics, pension system, public administration and education. His native language is Croatian, he speaks excellent English and German, and very good French and Italian.

Papers Published in World Economics:

The Implementation of Vouchers in Formalising Undeclared Work in the Republic of North Macedonia

This article reviews the main challenges of the labour market in the Republic of North Macedonia and explains the various definitions of undeclared work (UW). North Macedonia (earlier former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia or FYRM) has achieved very respectable success in its economic development and preparation of needed preconditions for economic growth. However, additional improvements and measures are needed. This article overviews the various definitions and methods for estimating UW. In the further formalisation of UW, the use of a voucher-based system can be more than useful. A service voucher is a means of payment, often co-financed by government, which allows a private user to pay an employee for conducting tasks. By providing service vouchers to those employing labour, the intention is to encourage them to purchase services on a formal rather than informal basis. The introduction of voucher schemes is not the goal per se, but it can be an important precondition for establishing the rule of law and to enable more generous public revenues.

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