Youth Team of the SAC has successfully launched the new project Economic Seminar: Through an Economic Lens and organised first three seminars focusing on issues of monetary policy, euro, bond markets and theories that are supposed to get us out of the crisis.

The Economic Seminar: Through an Economic Lens project supported by Tatra Banka Foundation. The three sessions of the first round were organised on 7, 14 and 27 November, 2013, with over 30 motivated students attending each round.

The kick-off event on 7 November featured guest speaker Zuzana Stoličná from the Faculty of Management at Comenius University, who engaged students in a discussion on a challenging issue: Smith versus Keynes: Economics and Political Economy During the Crisis. Under the guidance of Stoličná, the participants were analysing two most influential economic schools. Both theories were dissected in the light the 2008 economic crisis and were further applied to the crisis fallout still present in the global economy. The complete students’ summaries (in Slovak) are available HERE.

Exactly a week later, the second event of the Economic Seminar series hosted Dana Špacírova, economic analyst from Poštová banka, and Igor Barát, former Government’s Plenipotentiary for Euro Adoption and a current Member of the Supervisory Board from Poštová banka. The debate focused on the practical aspects of the euro introduction in Slovakia and on the issue of bond markets.

On November 28th, students of Matej Bel University attended the third event of the series. Styled as a lecture, Mr Martin Vlachynský, an analyst at the INESS think-tank (Institute of Economic and Social Studies) talked about the issues of monetary policy. As a follow up, the students are tasked to write their papers and they will be published soon in the next issue of the Euro-Atlantic Quarterly magazine.

Economic Seminar events are divided into two parts: a theoretical introduction that ushers the participants into the given topic and explains the basic definitions and terms, is followed by a practical insight and application of the theories on current economic environment and developments.