Branislav Žúdel is Head of Macroeconomic Analyses and Forecasts at the Ministry of Finance in the Slovak Republic (Institute for Financial Policy). He is responsible for the macroeconomic projections of the Slovak economy, as well as for several strategic analyses for the Slovak government. Besides forecasting, he is interested in applied macroeconomics and policy evaluation. He holds an MA in Economics from CERGE-EI Prague, and a PhD in International Economic Relations from the University of Economics in Bratislava.