In its pedagogical and scientific research, the Department of Economic Policy focuses on the theory and practice of economic policy in order to develop economic thinking and to provide students with theoretical foundations as well as empirical and institutional knowledge of economic policy with an application to the issues of SR and EU. Teaching and scientific research are non-separable components of the Department's activities. By involving students and doctoral candidates in addressing scientific research tasks in the Department and innovative teaching methods, based on teaching texts used in foreign universities, the study program graduates of the study program Economic policy on the 2nd and 3rd level of study will be trained for the changing needs of economic practice as economic analysts in banks, in the public sector, in research institutes, in international institutions and for the scientific career.
In the field of pedagogical activity, our goal is not only to provide the latest insights from the theory and practice of economic policy, but to contribute substantially to the development of the economic thinking of students. The content and the teaching texts used must be comparable to the study programs abroad, by increasing the proportion of teaching forms requiring greater autonomy of students and their active participation in the pedagogical process throughout the semester. The goal cannot be just to know how to answer the question asked, but being able to ask the relevant question.
The interconnectedness with scientific research is an essential feature of university teaching. In line with the above-mentioned main focus of the Department new economic policy challenges appear to be demographic problems and environmental problems ("environmental economics", including energy issues and non-renewable resources) and emerging new areas of economic research. The European Commission has aptly characterized these challenges by rewriting the project, entitled: "Europe moving towards a new path of economic growth and social development". The head of the EP department is one of the participants in the consortium, led by the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO, prof. Ainginger). The research or part of the project, which falls within the responsibility of the head of the EP department, is the eco-efficiency and macroeconomic convergence of EU countries. The methodological basis of this research are the non-parametric estimates of production frontier approach, measurement of efficiency and productivity, enhanced by environmental impacts (eco-efficiency as a new indicator of performance measurement of the economy). This area of quantitative economic policy, the foundations of which were laid by the Nobel laureate for economics R. Frisch and J. Tinbergen, is a new focus area in research of the EP Department. The second area of research with a direct link to the Slovak economy is the analysis of structural dependencies in economies based on input-output models.
Department is a guarantor in the field of National economy on the 1st level of study, the study program Economic policy on the 2nd level of study and co-guarantor of the study program Economic theory on the 3rd level of study-specialization: Economic policy.
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Phone: +421 2 6729 1440