Soňa Muzikářová is Chief Economist at GLOBSEC Policy Institute. 

Soňa is a former economist at the European Central Bank, the OECD, and the Slovak Finance Ministry. Her research has focused on the leading indicators for the euro area business cycle, real economic convergence, and selected themes in monetary policy. She also served in the Slovak diplomatic services, while advising on the 2019 Presidency of Slovakia to the OECD in Paris, themed Harnessing Digital Transition for Sustainable Development: Opportunities and Challenges. Soňa earned her BA degree in Economics at Macalester College, MN, USA in 2009, and her Master’s degree in institutional economics at the University of Kent at Brussels in 2011.

SELECTED OPEDS:

“A Bottom-Up Approach to Education Reform” (co-author Miroslav Beblavý), Project Syndicate, 26 October 2021 https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/bottom-up-approach-education-reform-by-miroslav-beblavy-and-sona-muzikarova-2021-10

“No debt ratio is safe for small EU countries” (co-author Ivan Šrámko), bne IntelliNews, 13 September 2021 https://www.intellinews.com/globsec-no-debt-ratio-is-safe-for-small-eu-countries-220462/?source=baltic-states

“CBDCs: Authorities bank on digital currencies to take back control from crypto” (co-author Oscar Sanz Paris, Juraj Somora), Euronews Next, 15 June 2021 https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/14/weaning-europe-off-covid-bailouts-will-be-a-tricky-balancing-act-view 

“The world needs to better prepare for future catastrophes” (co-author Thomas Wieser, Vazil Hudák), Euronews View, 10 June 2021 https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/14/weaning-europe-off-covid-bailouts-will-be-a-tricky-balancing-act-view 

“If the pandemic can’t unite Europe’s east and west, what can?”Euronews View, 03 May 2021 https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/14/weaning-europe-off-covid-bailouts-will-be-a-tricky-balancing-act-view 

“Weaning Europe off COVID bailouts will be a tricky balancing act” (co-author Ivan Mikloš), Euronews View, 14 April 2021 https://www.euronews.com/2021/04/14/weaning-europe-off-covid-bailouts-will-be-a-tricky-balancing-act-view  

SELECTED BLOG ARTICLES:

“Countries with a culture of innovation are vaccinating more quickly”COVID-19 Blog: London School of Economics & Political Science, 1 April 2021, https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/2021/04/01/countries-with-a-culture-of-innovation-are-vaccinating-more-quickly/

“How Central and Eastern Europe can overhaul its dated growth narrative” (co-author José-Emilio Gumiel, Branislav Žúdel, Daniel Dujava), COVID-19 Blog, London School of Economics & Political Science, 22 January 2021, https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/covid19/2021/01/22/how-central-and-eastern-europe-can-overhaul-its-dated-growth-narrative/

“The coronavirus crisis highlights the need to diversify risk sharing in Europe”New Atlanticist Blog, Atlantic Council, May 7 2020, https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/the-coronavirus-crisis-highlights-the-need-to-diversify-risk-sharing-in-europe/ 

SELECTED RESEARCH/JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS:

Muzikarova, Do Euro Area Expansions Die of Old Age?, Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic, 2018,https://www.mfsr.sk/sk/financie/institut-financnej-politiky/publikacie-ifp/ekonomicke-analyzy/49-do-euro-area-expansions-die-old-age-jun-2018-2.html〉.

J.L. Diaz del Hoyo, E. Dorrucci, F.F. Heinz, S. Muzikarova, Real Convergence in the Euro Area: A Long-Term PerspectiveECB Occasional Paper 203, 2017, ISBN: 978-92-899-2865-6, 〈https://ssrn.com/abstract=3082205〉.

G.J. de Bondt, H.C. Dieden, S. Muzikarova, I. Vincze, Modelling industrial new orders, Economic Modelling 41 (2014) 46 54 〈http://sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264999314001321

KEY INITIATIVES & PLATFORMS:

  • Strategic Transformation of the Central-Eastern European (CEE) region
  • K-shaped Recovery: winners and losers from the pandemic
  • Economic and sustainability impacts of the Russian aggression in Ukraine
  • GLOBSEC Tatra Summit stream and strategic forum
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