Blagica Petreski

Blagica is the Co-founder and Chief Economist – Executive Director of Finance Think. Her research interest involves an array of development topics like poverty, unemployment, gender inequalities, as well firms’ productivity and competitiveness. She is a committed advocate for effective economic policies as well actively engaged in shaping the public debate on economic issues in the country and the region. Blagica is an Assistant Professor at the University American College Skopje, teaching Public Economic Policy. In the academic 2022/23, she has been a Fulbright scholar of the US Government, pursuing a research in public finance management at the University of Illinois in Chicago, USA.

She has a PhD in Economics from the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, which included research stays at CERGE-EI Prague and the Slovak Academy of Sciences. She is also an alumnus of Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative. Blagica received the Award for a Young Researcher of the year granted by the National Bank of Macedonia, as well the Award for best paper on risks and insurance by the Insurance Supervision Agency. Published widely, including 12 papers in prominent peer-reviewed journals indexed on the Web of Science.

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Fields of specialization

Labour markets and employment, Social protection


Title Country Themes
Analysis of youth underemployment in Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Gender & women’s empowerment , Labour markets and employment
Voucher system for social protection of the socially vulnerable remittance receivers in Macedonia Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Poverty and Inequality , Globalization and trade , Social protection


Mrs. Blagica Petreski
Chief economist
Finance Think
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