Ivan Žilić is an economist, econometrician, and data enthusiast working as a Research Associate at the Institute of Economics, Zagreb, and Research Associate at the South East Europe Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics at the University of Zagreb, master's degree in Economic Analysis at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in Spain, and Ph.D. in Economics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He also worked at the European Institute at the LSE. His research focuses on using microeconometric techniques to tackle important policy questions, usually in the realm of labor, education, and development economics. His research has been published in Journal of Housing Economics, LABOUR, IZA Journal of Labor Policy, European Journal of Political Economy, Economics of Education Review, and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society: Series A. In addition to his research, Ivan has also participated in numerous consultancy projects and has taught short and semester-long courses on econometrics and data science.



Jurica Zrnc is a research economist at the Croatian National Bank. He uses techniques from microeconometrics to understand financial and macroeconomic phenomena. Jurica received a Master in Economics and Finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and a PhD in Economics at University of Vienna (expected in first half of 2022). He was a visiting researcher at the University of Michigan and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Jurica received numerous research grants and scholarships. For example, he was employed for four years at the University of Vienna through the Uni:docs Fellowship Programme for outstanding PhD students. At the Croatian Central Bank, he participated in GDP forecasts and in European Central Bank research networks. In 2014, he received the prof. dr. Marijan Hanzekovic foundation award for his research. Currently, he works on evaluating the economic effects of novel interfirm payment systems that could be applied across the world. A second strand of his research focuses on political connections, public procurement and market power.



Blanka Škrabić Perić is an associate professor at the Faculty of Economic, Business and Tourism in Split. She is co- editor of journal Croatian Operational Research Review. Currently, she is a member of team two national research projects of the Croatian Science Foundation and one international scientific project Horizon 2020 SmartCultur. Her fields of interest are properties dynamic panel data estimators and tests of heterogeneous Granger causality. She published 11 articles in the WOS indexed journals she perform dynamic panel data estimators in the different fields of economics.