This area focuses on systems of social policy and their implications for well-being, poverty and inequality. A particular emphasis is placed on the comparison between social policy in Croatia and social policy in the European Union, as well as in the region of Southeast Europe.

Additional research interest is aimed at the assessment of the effectiveness and efficiency of social policy systems through tracement of social indicators, and the impact of social policy reforms. Measuring income and other inequalities, as well as trends in absolute and relative poverty, is another major focus of the Institute's work, addressing changes over time, regional inequalities and regional poverty rates, and comparing levels of inequality and poverty between Croatia and other countries in the region and beyond. Trends in inequalities over time need to be complemented by decomposing inequality indices and temporal changes, analyzing the respective contributions of different income sources or different socio-economic groups to overall inequality.

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  1. Using tax records to correct for under-representation of top income sources in surveys Ledić, Marko, Ivica Rubil and Ivica Urban, 2024, Fiscal Studies, paper published online March 25, 2024. DOI: 10.1111/1475-5890.12363
  2. Tax progressivity and social welfare with a continuum of inequality views Ledić, Marko, Rubil, Ivica and Urban, Ivica, 2022, International Tax and Public Finance, paper published online August 3, 2022
  3. Distributivni učinci ukidanja „socijalno motiviranih“ sniženih stopa PDV radi povećanja izdašnosti i obuhvata ciljanih transfera: mikrosimulacijska analiza za Hrvatsku Rubil, Ivica, 2022, Revija za socijalnu politiku, 29(2), pp. 129-162
  4. Colonialism, Racism, and Eastern Europe: Revisiting Whiteness and the Black Radical Tradition Stubbs, Paul, 2022. Sociological forum, 37(1),  pp. 311-319
  5. Minimum wage workers and poverty in Croatia Nestić, Danijel and Sanja Blažević Burić, 2018, Revija za socijalnu politiku, 25(3), pp. 235-263.
  6. Minimum wage in Croatia: sectoral and regional perspectives Nestić, Danijel, Zdenko Babić and Sanja Blažević Burić, 2018, Ekonomska istraživanja-Economic research, 31, pp. 1981-2002.
  7. Authoritarian Neoliberalism, Radical Conservatism and Social Policy within the European Union: Croatia, Hungary and Poland Stubbs, Paul and Noémi Lendvai‐Bainton, 2019, Development and Change, paper published online December 12, 2019, DOI:
  8. Occupying liminal spaces in post-conflict social welfare reform? Local professionals and international organisations in Bosnia and Herzegovina Maglajlic, Reima Ana i Paul Stubbs, 2018,  The British Journal of Social Work, 48(1), pp. 37-53
  9. Slow, slow, quick, quick, slow: power, expertise and the hegemonic temporalities of austerity Stubbs, Paul, 2018, Innovation: The European Journal of Social Science Research, 31(1), pp. 25-39.
  10. Social enterprise in transition: a case study of ACT group Stubbs, Paul i Davorka Vidović, 2017, Društvena istraživanja: časopis za opća društvena pitanja, 26 (2), pp. 143163.
  11. Europeanisation, welfare and variegated austerity capitalisms: Hungary and Croatia Lendvai, Noémi and Paul Stubbs, 2015, Social Policy & Administration, 49 (4), pp. 445–465.
  12. A new cluster-based financial vulnerability indicator and its application to household stress testing in Croatia Herceg, Ivana and Danijel Nestić, 2014, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, 50 (5), pp. 60–77.
  13. Regional heterogeneity in growth and inequality elasticities of poverty in transition countries Rubil, Ivica, 2015, Applied Economics Letters, 22 (6), pp. 425–429.
  14. Negotiating the transnational politics of social work in post-conflict and transition contexts: reflections from South-East Europe Stubbs, Paul and Reima Ana Maglajlić, 2012, The British Journal of Social Work, 42 (6), pp. 1174–1191.
  15. Assemblages, translation, and intermediaries in South East Europe: rethinking transnationalism and social policy Lendvai, Noémi and Paul Stubbs, 2009, European Societies, 15 (5), pp. 673–695.
  16. Croatian social policy: the legacies of war, state-building and late Europeanization Stubbs, Paul and Siniša Zrinščak, 2009, Social Policy & Administration, 43 (2), pp. 121–135.
  17. Housing affordability in Croatia and selected European countries Vizek, Maruška, 2009, Revija za socijalnu politiku, 16 (3), pp. 281–298.
  18. Reflections on international actors and the making of social policy in Croatia Stubbs, Paul, 2008, Revija za socijalnu politiku, 15 (3), pp. 365–378.

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  1. Decentralization (Fiscal): Possibilities and Limitations of Local Social State in the Delivery of Social Welfare Services Jurlina Alibegović, Dubravka, 2024, in Kyere, Eric, Marošević, Katrina, Luca Sugawara, Carmen, Ed., In this world together: global social work and social development, 27-61, Osijek: Faculty of Law. ISBN: 978-953-8109-57-7
  2. Towards a Global Social Policy Otherwise: Decoloniality, socialist worldmaking and an ethics of translation Lendvai-Bainton, Noemi i Paul Stubbs. 2023. Global social policy, 23 (2023), 3
  3. Towards a political economy of welfare in Croatia Stubbs Paul, 2020, Economic Annals, 64(223), pp. 105-136. 
  4. Social Inequalities and Discontent in Yugoslav Socialism Archer, Rory, Igor Duda and Paul Stubbs (ed.), 2016, London: Routledge.
  5. Re-assembling and disciplining social Europe : turbulent moments and fragile f(r)ictions Stubbs, Paul and Noemi Lendvai, 2016. In Z. Krajina and N. Blanuša (Eds.), EU, Europe unfinished: mediating Europe and the Balkans in a time of crisis, pp. 31-56.London : Rowman & Littlefield.
  6. Does the cohesion policy decrease economic inequalities in the European Union? Jovančević, Radmila, Tomislav Globan and Vedran Recher, 2015, Zagreb international review of economics & business, 18(1), pp. 1-20.
  7. Ageing, transformation and the multiple crises of care in Bosnia-Herzegovina Stubbs, Paul, 2015, Etnološka tribina, 45 (38), pp. 22–25.
  8. Citizenship and social welfare in Croatia: clientelism and the limits of ‘Europeanisation’ Stubbs, Paul and Siniša Zrinščak, 2015, European Politics and Society, 16 (3), pp. 395–410.
  9. Transformations in global and regional social policies Kaasch, Alexandra and Paul Stubbs (ed.), 2014, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan.
  10. Europeanisation and social policy: between rhetoric and reality Stubbs, Paul and Siniša Zrinščak, 2012, Croatia in the EU: how to proceed? / Puljiz, Vlado, Slaven Ravlić and Velimir Visković (eds.), Zagreb: Centre for Democracy and Law Miko Tripalo, pp. 265–294.
  11. Key social indicators and policy process for measuring poverty and social exclusion Stubbs, Paul and Maja Gerovska-Mitev, 2008, Revija za socijalna politika, 1 (1), pp. 20–33.
  12. Social policy and international interventions in South East Europe Deacon, Bob and Paul Stubbs (eds.), 2007, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
  13. Regional poverty in Croatia Nestić, Danijel and Giovanni Vecchi, 2007, Social Policy and Regional Development Proceedings / Lovrinčević, Željko, Andrea Mervar, Danijel Nestić, Nenad Starc, Paul Stubbs, Marijana Sumpor and Sandra Švaljek (eds.), Zagreb: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, pp. 65–90.
  14. Social justice and market efficiency – theoretical concepts and the role of the state Babić, Zdenko, 2006, Ekonomski pregled: mjesečnik Hrvatskog društva ekonomista Zagreb, 57(5-6), pp. 344-364.


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  1. Labour Markets and Well-being in the Context of an Ageing Population, 2024–2027 Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
    Project manager: Danijel Nestić
  2. Croatia – Support to Improve Poverty and Social Policies Monitoring – Part 2, 2023–2024 Commissioned by: The World Bank Group
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  3. Labor market, education, health and social protection – Croatia and EU, 2019–2023 Commissioned by: The Institute of Economics, Zagreb
    Project manager: Danijel Nestić (Iva Tomić until April 1, 2020)
  4. Croatia - Support to Improve Poverty and Social Policies Monitoring, 2023 Commissioned by: The World Bank
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  5. Analysis of the Effects and Sustainability of the Social Reform in 2019, North Macedonia, 2023 Commissioned by: Sustainable Inclusive Growth Association
    Project manager: Paul Stubbs
  6. My place under the sun, 2021–2023 Commissioned by: Active Citizens Fund in Croatia / Community Foundation "Slagalica"
    Project manager: Paul Stubbs
  7. Developing a standardized methodology to optimize the costing of kindergartens fees, 2021–2022 Commissioned by: United Nations Children’s Fund
    Project manager: Ivan Žilić
  8. The distributional impact of fiscal policy in Croatia, 2020–2021 Commissioned by: World Bank
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  9. An analysis of the “Employment and social situation in Croatia” for the European Parliament, 2019 Commissioned by: The Committee on Employment and Social Affairs of the European Parliament
    Project manager: Iva Tomić
  10. Analysis of the labor market dynamics and economic inclusion constraints, 2018–2019 Commissioned by: The World Bank Group Brussels Office
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  11. Gender Assessment for Croatia (GendAssCro), 2018 Commissioned by: The World Bank
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil
  12. Multiple deprivation in Croatia, 2016–2018 Commissioned by: World Bank
    Project manager: Danijel Nestić
  13. Child poverty and household coping strategies in Croatia, 2015–2017 Commissioned by: Adris Foundation
    Project manager: Paul Stubbs
  14. European social policy network, 2014–2017 Commissioned by: European Commission (winning consortium CEPS/INSEAD)
    Project manager: Paul Stubbs
  15. WelfarEurope – Measuring quality of life and work in Europe, 2015–2016 Commissioned by: European Social Fund
    Project manager: Ivica Rubil