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Competencies Driving Innovative Performance of Slovenian and Croatian Manufacturing Firms

In this issue of the EIZ Working Papers series, Janez Prašnikar, Tanja Rajkovič and Maja Vehovec discuss the innovative performance of firms and their underlying competencies – technological, marketing and complementary. Competencies as a broader concept are regarded as networks of capabilities and other firm assets, and can be used for cross-industry comparisons. The study is based on a survey carried out among 86 established Slovenian and Croatian manufacturing companies addressing competencies which they employ in their...

International conference on INNOVATION, COMPETITIVENESS AND GROWTH

On Thursday, 27 November 2008, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb organized an international conference on Innovation, Competitiveness and Growth in cooperation with the STRIKE Action of the European COST Program. As innovation tends to be considered a pivotal driver of both economic growth and competitiveness of companies and sectors, this issue is especially vital for transition economies in their effort to catch up with developed countries. Innovation can be analyzed on both macro and micro level. On the macro...

The Introduction of the Euro in Central and Eastern European Countries - Is It Economically Justifiable?  

The latest issue of the EIZ Working Papers series by Tanja Broz analyzes the correlation of demand and supply shocks between the EMU and CEEs in order to examine whether there is some degree of business cycle coordination between them. Its main objective is to investigate the impact on Croatia and compare it with other CEECs. Croatia is of interest in this paper since there is a lack of empirical studies on this topic which include Croatia in the sample. Information on the correlation of demand and supply shocks between...

Croatian Economic Outlook Quarterly (October, 2008)

Highlights from the October, 2008 (No. 36) issue: Recent developments: - Croatian economy slowed down in the second quarter 2008. - Significant moderation in personal consumption. - Still buoyant investments; stronger government consumption. - Exports recover, but trade and current account deficit continue to rise. - Industrial activity and retail sales weaken during the summer months. - Employment increases; real wage growth vanishes. - Deceleration of monetary and credit aggregates growth. - Following the record...

Croatian Economic Outlook Quarterly (July, 2008)

Highlights from the July, 2008 (No. 35) issue: Recent developments: - Strong domestic demand pushed economy up in the first quarter 2008. - Buoyant investments; personal consumption still strong in spite of rising inflation. - Deteriorating external sector due to weak goods exports. - Industrial activity and retail sales weaken in the second quarter. - Employment further increases; real wage growth slows down. - Deceleration of monetary and credit aggregates growth. - Foreign debt rises at a monthly pace of 1...