Jelena Budak, PhD

Jelena Budak, PhD
  • E-MAIL:
    senior research fellow
    senior research fellow in permanent position


  • 2005 PhD at the Faculty of Economics, University of Osijek
  • 1992 MA at IFP-ENSPM, Rueil-Malmaison, France – Economics of Energy
  • 1990 university degree at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb

Employment and work experience

  • since 2001 - The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
  • 1997–2001 - Aquarius, Zagreb – export director
  • 1996–1997 - Alfatec, Zagreb – product program manager
  • 19941995 - Alfatec branch in Kemerovo, Russia – deputy director
  • 1993–1994 - Origo, Zagreb – assistant director
  • 1992–1993 - Vitol Oil Trading Co., London – representative for Croatia, Zagreb

Fields of interest

  • public administration reforms and public sector policies
  • institutions and applied institutional analysis in various sectors, e.g. in science-industry collaboration, local development, public procurement
  • economics of corruption
  • tobacco economics 

Selected bibliography

  • Budak, Jelena, Edo Rajh and Ivan-Damir Anić, 2015, "Privacy concern in Western Balkan countries: Developing a typology of citizens", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 17(1), pp. 29-48. 
  • Budak, Jelena and Maruška Vizek, 2015, "The corruption mark-up: Is corruption cost incorporated in the prices of goods and services in emerging and developed countries?", Post-Communist Economies, 27(2), pp. 247-255.
  • Budak, Jelena and Edo Rajh, 2014, "Corruption as an obstacle for doing business in Western Balkans: a business sector perspective", International Small Business Journal, 32(2), pp. 140-157.
  • Budak, Jelena, Ivan-Damir Anić and Edo Rajh, 2013, "Public attitudes towards privacy and surveillance in Croatia", Innovation – The European Journal of Social Science Research, 26(1-2), pp. 100-118.
  • Budak, Jelena and Edo Rajh, 2012, "Corruption Survey in Croatia: Survey Confidentiality and Trust in Institutions", Društvena istraživanja, 21(2), pp. 291-313.
  • Ateljević, Jovo and Jelena Budak, 2010, "Corruption and public procurement: example from Croatia", Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 12(4), pp. 375-397.
  • Goel, Rajeev K. and Jelena Budak, 2010, "Tourism Policies and Cross-Country Growth: A Disaggregated Analysis", Tourism Economics, 16(3), pp. 535-548.
  • Budak, Jelena, Rajeev K. Goel i Michael A. Nelson, 2006, "Smoking Prevalence and Antismoking Regulations in Transition Countries", Transition Studies Review, 13(1), pp. 231-248.
  • Budak, Jelena, 2006, "Corruption in Croatia: Perceptions Rise, Problem Remains", Croatian Economic Survey, 9, pp. 35-68.

List of publications (Croatian Scientific Bibliography – CROSBI)